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Word that means “desiring power”

What is a good word to use for the describing someone as "desiring power"?
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How to express “I hope” in “it is” sentence pattern?

I want to use "it is...that" sentence pattern to express the same meaning as "I hope that..". The first thing to come to my mind is "it is my hope/wish that ...", but that sounds quite weird. So how ...
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Which word or phrase describes a situation where the answer is both a pro and a con?

Sometimes when people are enumerating the good and bad aspects of something, the same thing comes up in both the pros and cons. For example, a certain policy may be considered good because it ...
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Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' (or possibly something else)?

Someone who is disingenuous is someone who displays ________ (fill in the blank). Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' or something else?
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What is “comeforpie”? [on hold]

what is comeforpie? and what's the -pie suffix mean?
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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'There seem' or 'there seems' + usage of the word 'seem'

First, I have a question "How words 'seem' and 'there' are used together?" Which is correct: There seem ... or There seems ... Then, I'm am interested in general constructions with the word ...
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“Acted in the benefit of ” vs. “acted for the benefit of ” vs. “acted to the benefit of ”

I am not sure about this quote: As to whether the president acted for the benefit of the majority, 35 percent of the respondents said that he did not, 30 percent that he only partly acted in the ...
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Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?

I'm looking for a way to describe a statement or claim made by a person that can't be disproved purely on the basis that the situation itself will never occur (or is highly unlikely to). For ...
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [on hold]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.
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Is there a word that represents both a rant and a musing?

Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that ...
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“They are…” vs. “these are” when answering the question “What are these…?”

When asked, "What are these called in English?" or similar, should we use just the right pronoun or can we also answer with the right demonstrative pronoun? For example, which is grammatical or ...
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Words for different levels of crying

Another question asks for the written sounds of different levels of crying (wah-wah, boo-hoo), but I was wondering if there are names for different levels of crying. For instance, is there any way to ...
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Is there a word that describes people capable of picking up an accent by hearing?

A friend of mind told me about his accent teacher who picked up his accent (for a specific sentence) just after few times she heard him saying it, so I wonder if there is a word that describes this ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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What is the difference between “venom” and “poison”?

What is the difference between “venom” and “poison”? Both in usage and in meaning.
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A word that means emphatically undeniable statement

I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus ...
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What word describes a self -created word/expression with an intuitive meaning?

Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the "'interests of qualified ...
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Searching for a word to describe the entirety of something

Here is the sentence that I want to write: There is more than that to the ________ of revolution The missing word is what I search for, oversimplifying the sentence would give: There is more ...
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Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her questions until the end.
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Difference of “I am just an ABC” vs “I am but a XYZ”

As far as I (non-native speaker) can tell, these two sentences have the same meaning: I'm just a humble merchant I'm but a humble merchant However I wonder if there is some subtle ...
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How best to label inappropriate use of images

I'm describing the downsides of publishing text on the web as a image file, instead of real text. For example: Images are inaccessible for users with visual disabilities (screen-readers need ...
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The use of the term “quite many”

I know typically a person will say quite a lot, but recently read the term "quite many." Is this grammatically correct? The sentence I read was "I saw quite many dresses in the store." So I am curious ...
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When to use hereof in a sentence? [on hold]

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, hereof is an adverb meaning of this. So does it mean that I can change the sentence, "I saw my boyfriend dating my best friend and because of this, I broke up ...
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Adjective/adverb that means “seemingly clever, but actually foolish”

Is there a single word in English (or borrowed) that describes someone or some action as being clever or smart on the surface, but is actually quite foolish or unproductive? I used to think ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list”

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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Pivotal, Imperative, use of hyphens

Since the Social Media is pivotal to building and maintaining interpersonal relationships - hence, central to human existence - it becomes imperative to investigate the current trend in language ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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What do you call the inner leaves of a tree?

Like, there are leaves on the outside, and leaves on the inside which are usually protected from the elements.
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Functionality vs. Functionalities: are both correct and idiomatic?

To me, inasmuch as use of the word functionality referring to software means the extent of its overall ability, I would write "The software implements the following functionality." However, I've seen ...
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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In a project, what is the relationship between dependent tasks called?

If I have two tasks, called "Design" and "Development", what are the relationships between the two called? Clearly, this is a type of dependency, but I need to be more specific. That is, I need to ...
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
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It really bugs me if

Suppose I have gone to the movies(cinema). There is a man behind me that cracks sun-flower seeds open, talks with the next person, and also talks on his cell phone. I want to say that these behaviors ...
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Over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade

Which is the correct usage: over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade?
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Is “kinda” a word?

I've used "kinda" as a word basically meaning "kind of" just run together. I wouldn't use it formally, but I noticed that Microsoft Word's spellchecker says that it isn't a word. I searched some and ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who tends to disagree with others only to upset them?

What's the word to describe someone who acts arrogantly and always disagrees with others unreasonably in order to upset people around him/her? [I'm not looking for adjectives like unpleasant, ...
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neither do they or does they? Which one and why?

Which one: Neither do they or Neither does they I am confused on which one is right and why it is right?
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To use “deliver” or “delivers” in this sentence [on hold]

Sentence in question: Mindie has also cultivated strategies to maintain customer and distributor relationships and deliver extraordinary customer service. Which is correct and why? Thank you!
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Use and position of the adverb “instead” when introducing the second of two items

Is the use of the adverb instead appropriate, and correct, in the last of the following three sentences? The top half of the figure shows the service provided by the system in a first, generic ...
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Person who doesn't share

What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to communicate to share any of his/her secrets, life's stories or personal information? Need some words related to the above described ...
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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Is there any polite equivalent to “genitals”?

Albeit slightly conflicting, I was wondering if there's any more "polite", or better flowing word other than "genitals" in the context of: His genitals were cut off. It would be prefered if the ...
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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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Confusion between:“{is/has} no chance” and “{is/has} no match” [closed]

Which form is correct in the sentences below? A snake has no chance/match to an angry rabbit. OR A snake is no chance/match to an angry rabbit. Please explain when I should use has ...
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“It” vs. “this” [closed]

If I am sharing a (specific, identified) status update, which would be the most appropriate way of informing people that I will be sharing it: I am sharing it. or I am sharing this. In ...
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“make it to there” [on hold]

Consider the following two phrases which are both about going to some place: If I can't make it there If I can't make it to there Isn't the second phrase grammatically correct, whereas the ...