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How to find a single word for a long description?

This has been a life long difficulty whenever essay or writing has to be improved. Are there any resources that can be used to locate a single word for a certain long description? I saw couple of ...
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Is there a more positive alternative to the word “inevitability”?

Inevitability just sounds so depressing to me. The "inevitability of death" is a glaring example. There has to be a word that means "unavoidable but in a good way" right? Edit: The sentence I'm ...
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Looking for unusual words that I can use in ordinary conversation [closed]

How can I improve my vocabulary and impress my friends by learning some very, very unusual words, but words that I can sprinkle into ordinary conversation?
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Were to find synonymous for very + adjective?

As an exercise, I am going thorough I paper I wrote and trying to replace all (or most) adjectives in the form of "very + adjective" with a word. I feel that if done good this would greatly improve my ...
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Transfer vs. transmit

What is the difference between transfer and transmit ; E.g Anyone who transports, transfers, transmits or receives illegal money commits an offense.
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“unreflected”, is it correct?

It seems for me that "unreflected" is not an English word. What is a good alternative for it that means "not reflected"? I need to use it in this context: "We use ... that compensates the unreflected ...
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What can I substitute for “A perfect example for this is”

I need a more sophisticated way of starting a sentence that uses soccer as a perfect example of an ancestral sport from china which evolved.
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Ellipsis or substitution?

If they want to get revenge, Abra, I don't mind. But perhaps they don't. They don't in that utterance is included in the verbal substitution do or ellipsis? Is the full form They don't ...
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What is it called when single letters are used as words in a sentence? [duplicate]

What is it called when single letters are used as words in a sentence? I C A B. I C D B P! I see a Bee. I see the bee pee! F U N-E X? S I F X. F U N-E M? S I F M. OK I L ...
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I don't like him any; you can't fool me any. “Any”?

What's the function of "any" in the title? Is it simply a synonym of "at all"? Why is its use so limited? For instance, we don't go here at all doesn't translate well to we don't go here any for me. ...
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alternate phrase for 'satisfying the thirst'? [closed]

I am trying to compose a poetry. There is a line which goes like this - 'you are like a river that'll satisfy the the thirst of the sea/ocean ' . I want to know if there are alternative phrases for ...
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I'm very confused of using that have/had [duplicate]

I just want to ask which is correct between the two sentences given. You've found them. Or You'd found them.
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Can a person be 'further arrested'?

On tonight's news there was considerable coverage of the potentially tragic case of Becky Watts, a young teenager who has been missing for over a week. A spokesman for the Bristol police made the ...
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Surrogate in comparsion to substitutional

Am I right in assuming that the term 'surrogate' is meant to be used in a way of telling that someone or something is a desired replacement for a certain thing, whereas 'substitutional' would rather ...
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Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious'? [closed]

Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious' in the following sentence: Kevin's classmates were invited to his birthday party where a sumptuous meal awaited them. Thanks!
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What do you call one who has been challenged? [duplicate]

How should I refer to one who has been challenged? One who offers a challenge is a "challenger," but what would be the appropriate term for the person who receives the challenge?
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Arrogancy vs. Humility

Is there a word or phrase to describe a state of mind within an arrogant person who has been overwhelmed in a debate by another person who is humble in his/her demeanor, but armed with the truth to ...
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Two concerns about this short passage written by William Trevor

Growing up in the listless nineteen-eighties, Cecilia Normanton knew her father well, her mother not at all. Mr. Normanton was handsome and tall, with steely gray hair brushed carefully every day ...
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Shoplifting vs. a word for “someone who orders, eats and sneaks without paying the check”

Shoplifting relates more to the physical possession of goods. A shoplifter may pretend to be a customer or buy some and steal many (or vice-versa). But while at a restaurant such pretense won't ...
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Is there an English variant of “Zeitgeist” other than “spirit of the times”?

Is there a cut-and-dry English word that means the same, or roughly the same, as the German word "Zeitgeist," other than its literal meaning of "spirit of the times"? I've grown sour on its presence ...
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What's a word to describe people who blindly follow their government without question?

I want to describe someone who fanatically follows one of the following: Governmental body Political party Country Basically, someone who will agree with their government/party/country regardless ...
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What's the word for dropping buzzwords frequently?

I'm pretty sure there is a word for this, I remember seeing it on the Internet once and the closest I have is "buzzwording" (not a real word?)
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Are there any cases where the Scottish English “outwith” has unique meaning?

It seems that the Scottish English word outwith can be replaced in (almost?) all contexts by one of the following: outside outside of However, to ears familiar with the word, the meaning of ...
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What is a term for the “process of copying somebody's work/invention”?

I need a phrase to mean process of copying somebody's work is in the context of industry/manufacturing. Is there a concise phrase with the meaning similar to "plagiarism" by a competitor in business ...
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Could you replace these words with simple words? “rent strike” and “ mount”.

The leader of the rent strike mounted the platform to deliver an effective philippic against the management. NB I should say I looked them up in dictionaries but still I have my doubts if the word ...
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Does the word “being” refer to now or past in this context?

The two women who were watching the hockey were on the other touchline, directly opposite where Cecilia, with Daisy and Amanda was watching it, too, since attendance at home matches was compulsory. ...
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He had not understood vs He did not understand [closed]

I'm a native Portuguese speaker and some time ago I heard someone say that it is grammatically wrong, in despite of everyday speaking, to construct sentences like "He had not understood" or "She does ...
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How to say that I am asking you a common sense question?

I said, "My question is of low standard". My teacher replied, "I don't know what do you mean by low standard question". My question is how I should have said that the question is of low standard. Is ...
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What are the substitutes for “it should be noted that”, “consider” and “As it was mentioned previously”?

Could you please tell me what are the good substitute for It should be noted that? Consider As it was mentioned previously I don't want them to be repeated many times.
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Are “steer away from” and “steer clear of” interchangable?

"‘Steer clear of Strait Steet,’ he advised wryly, turning away, ‘otherwise you may be wrong. " "I purposely steer away from‘political messages." These are two sample sentences in I found in ...
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What are the common words to describe the different parts of the sea?

OK, this is an attempt: I remained there, gazing at the sea. Its color was light green in the part closest to the shore, turned slightly darker in the middle, then abruptly changed to dark ...
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What's a useful replacement idiom for “money shot?”

I'm afraid I have been somewhat innocently causing offense by using the term "money shot" in its general, non-pornographic sense. My coworkers either have dirty minds or lack awareness of the other ...
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Help me to stop saying 'Man up!'?

I often utter the phrase 'Man up', or I talk about 'taking it like a man' or earning 'man points' (that last one, not so much, but I hear it still). I don't want to keep doing this, for obvious ...