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What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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What is the term for a group of liches?

What is the term for a group of liches? In fantasy fiction, a lich (/ˈlɪtʃ/; cognate to Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Norse lík and Swedish lik all meaning "corpse") is a type of undead creature. ...
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What is wrong with “to lie at the basis of”

Is there anything particular unstylish about the phrase "X lies at the basis of Y"? In this thread, some users qualify this phrase as "clumsy", without saying why. What would be the reason? (I do not ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with new ...
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How can the “exclusion” reaction of a machine/software be expressed?

I'm trying to express that some models of a machine (controlled by a computer) don't take specific parameters into consideration. The verbs "take into consideration", "take notice", "take into ...
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What is a good metaphor/ simile for your current relevant activity/ situation?

I am trying to come up with a metaphor/ simile/ descriptor for a relevant network of people depending on what you are doing (your 'activity'). Some descriptions that spring to mind are "Jungle" or ...
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Word like 'Start' and 'End' for 'inbetween/during'

Is there a word that is similar to 'start' and 'end' that means 'during'. I want to be able to say something like: I start, _____, and end the day with Nutella.
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What is the inverse of the “nocebo effect”?

The opposite of the "the nocebo effect" is the "placebo effect". What is the inverse? (something that is supposed to harm but actually makes feel better)
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Is 'couple' ever used in the sense of 'some'?

Is the usage of the word couple (as in, "I want to ask a couple of questions...") to mean 'some' or 'few' correct (as in, interpreting given example to mean "I want to ask a few questions")? As a ...
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How to express a certain 60-minute period

If the time was 15:34, how could I refer to the 60-minute period between 14:00 and 15:00? If I were to say the last hour it would likely mean the period from 14:34 to 15:34. So how do I express time ...
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What do you call a person who asks for an appointment and the person who was asked?

Andrew wants to make an appointment with Sally but Sally needs to determine whether the time Andrew stated is suitable for her. What do you call Andrew and Sally? I found words like ...
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“I'm always going by bike” vs. “I always go by bike”

Premise I hate translation work. No, don't get me wrong. I really hate it. With a vehemence. Not because it's boring, but because doubts, insecurities and scruples plague me and deadlines give me ...
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What does it mean for something to be “inter-ethnic?”

Does inter-ethnic refer to things that are between different ethnic groups, or within one ethnic group? If it refers to things that are between different ethnic groups, what word would be used to ...
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What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?

Homophobia describes dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. Xenophobia describes an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. What about those who discriminate ...
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Please suggest me a decent name for my project? [on hold]

I am a third year computer science engineering student and I have made a software for my college. The problem I am facing is in naming it. My project is the entire college itself i.e. it has ...
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direct negation of concur

I'm wondering what the direct opposite of "concur" is. For example, disagree is the direct negation of agree. Is there such a word? Thanks!
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Word/phrase for “time-wise in-between”?

Word/phrase for "time-wise in-between"? Say my arrival was time-wise in-between lunch and dinner. Say I want to say that more idiomatically, how would I do that?
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“Undistinguishable” vs. “indistinguishable”

Is there a difference between these two words? To me, it seems that undistinguishable is more where you can't tell what it is, and indistinguishable seems to be where they're the same. It seems a lot ...
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“Details on” or “Details about”? Use in technical writing

I'm writing a technical text about the information in a report, dealing with telecommunication procedures. I want to highlight that the information field I'm referring to doesn't provide any ...
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Looking for the media equivalent of “televised”

If you say "an event has been televised", it means that the event has been recorded for or transmitted by television. Media covers not only television, but also radio, newspapers and the Internet. ...
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What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair or sofa - in a way that you can be approached from behind?

What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair of sofa - in a way that you can be apporached from behind ? I've heard several times that you should place all the sofas and tables that ...
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Differences among words describing someone who is expert in many things

I wonder how the following words for describing someone who knows many different things compare, and when to use which word. Some are adjectives, others are nouns: renaissance polymath versatile ...
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What's the word for ‘the point at which an object loses balance’?

I'm trying to think of a formal word to describe the "tipping point" of an object. This would be the same point at which an object would be perfectly balanced.
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She dresses different/differently from?

The maid of honor dresses different from the bride. The maid of honor dresses differently from the bride. Which one is correct? Or both of them are? It's a fill-in-the-blank questions appeared in ...
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Which verb would fit better to describe the flow between the steps of a process?

I'm describing the steps of a workflow and each step's description ends with the expression "Press the xxx button to ... to the next step". I can't decide which verb to use in this context. My ...
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1answer
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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How do you describe the 'darker side' of someone? Context given here

Context: Foster child learns to manipulate people to make them love her. She meets a kind mother for once, and she doesn't need to revert to her 'psychopathic' (for lack of a better word) side. I am ...
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I don't understand the difference between slightly and a bit? [on hold]

What is the difference in meaning or usage between slightly and a bit? For example, the sentence: I thought she was younger than me, but in fact she proved to be even slightly older. Is ...
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What is the difference between “asked” and “offered” [on hold]

What is the difference between someone making an offer or asking if you want something ?
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Is “indifferent of” correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace it with something?

Is "indifferent of" correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace "of" with something? "In regards to hacking, do you approve, disapprove, or are you indifferent of the practice?" ...
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Why do people in the scientific community use terminology such as renal, hepatic, and cardiac instead of kidney, liver, and heart?

Why is there the need to map these everyday words onto another set of words when it seems to complicate matters? Is it just done out of tradition, or is there some underlying logic to it?
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When is it appropriate to use 'admixture' rather than 'mixture'?

I saw the word admixture used in a sentence recently and looked it up in the Paperback Oxford English Dictionary only to find that its definition is "a mixture". This is the sentence: The ...
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What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?

I am looking for a possible positive form of unkempt. My first choice was kempt. But I am not convinced of its usage. I want to be double sure that kempt has survived in day-to-day usage.
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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Do State-of-the-art and Cutting edge have the same meaning?

Do state-of-the-art and cutting edge mean the same thing or do they have different meanings? If they have different meanings, which is used when?
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Is the phrase “…could only know by then” correct?

He told me he would give me the answer after the trip. Was there something he could only know by then? I don't know why but it sounds a little weird to me. Anyway, to make sure I searched on ...
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Dinky cars (toy cars)

I came across this term while proofreading an unpublished poem by an Irish poet. The context is not important so I'll just say that it is clear that it means “toy cars”. I Googled the term and see ...
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What is the best time / are the best times for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say "What is the best time for a meeting?", I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show them ...
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Does a phrase, “something authentic” make sense?

I'm a non-native English speaker recently trying to launch my own company named "Origin Authentic" And I'm also planning to launch a brand named "Honey Authentic" which is to be a name of a dessert ...
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Question on using the phrase “draw on” in context.

Is this a proper use? "He is an icon in that he acts as a symbol to draw on."
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Is it appropriate to use “even” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence in an article: All is fair in love and war, even trying to add a static type system in a dynamically typed programming language. Is the use of "even" ...
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Explanation needed: Why is “and” wrong in this sentence?

It is difficult to predict what kinds of books will be popular in the years ahead, because tastes change and topics either get overexplored and lose their relevance. I have placed the key words ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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A question about the use of “everywhere” in the sentence

Recently I've stumbled upon this sentence on the internet: Home is everywhere your heart is. Somehow it doesn't seem right to me. If I had to convey the same meaning, I would write something ...
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What is a fork's single point called?

A fork usually has three points, what are the individual points called? Trident points?
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what's a powerful word replacement for “Desire” and “Yearning”?

I'm searching for a replacement for "yearning" or "desire". Something that is power, fit for a burning, fiery description. Originally I wanted to use 'a yearning brewing within..." and "a latent, ...
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“Above” or “later” when referencing a range of versions of software

Which is correct when referencing an operating system version "OS X 10.6.x and later" or "OS X 10.6.x and above"? Bonus points for providing the why.
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“Overseas” vs. “abroad”

I'm a native speaker of Inland Northern American English. My intuition tells me that the word "abroad" is unremarkable, especially in collocations like "study abroad". However, I've been ...