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"Quagmire" is certainly a fitting word for your example: "The American government has decided to pour extra money into the war in Iraq, unable to escape the quagmire it has entered." Definition from M-WO: 2: a situation that is hard to deal with or get out of : a situation that is full of problems The first definition (also from M-WO) is helpful in ...


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This may be somewhat opinion based, but I don't think that wobble is negative-sounding in and of itself. I think it is fun and silly, in a good way - and it seems to strike the right tone for a web tool, as these often do have silly names (such as 'Pyjamas' or 'Mustache'). Positive meanings of wobble are found in the wobbling of a jelly, or a musical wobble ...


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Consider iconize Treat as an icon: they iconized him as an iron-jawed symbol of American manhood Icon is defined as A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something: this iron-jawed icon of American manhood Similarly, but with more negative connotatoins, there is caricature (both verb and noun) Make or give a comically ...


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quaff : to drink a large amount of (something) quickly. M-W He quaffed the shot in one gulp, grimaced, and ordered another. Moonlight in Vermont: A Novel


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Try deify It should suffice. It means to worship, regard or treat (someone or something) as a god or to make a god of (something or someone).


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Instrumentals plural noun of instrumental It's very commonly used to refer to music (minus the lyrics) As a noun Music A composition for one or more instruments, usually without vocal accompaniment. "the opening tune is an instrumental" As an adjective Music Performed on or written for an instrument. "They played instrumental music at the ...


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I'd say you're talking about a Ulysses Pact: a freely made decision that is designed and intended to bind oneself in the future. The term is used in medicine, especially in reference to advance directives (also known as living wills), where there is some controversy over whether a decision made by a person in one state of health should be considered binding ...


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"It's a trap!" A famous quote by Admiral Ackbar, Star Wars something by which one is caught or stopped unawares; also:  a position or situation from which it is difficult or impossible to escape Then there's the vulgar slang, A chaotic situation where everything seems to go wrong. It is often caused by incompetence, communication failure, or a ...


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The answer to the title is kafkaesque. of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially : having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality <Kafkaesque bureaucratic delays> But the answer in your example is quagmire.


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In Greek mythology Sisyphus was punished with the task of rolling a boulder uphill for eternity. Each day the boulder would roll back down and he would have to roll it up again. This endless, pointless toil lends us Sisyphean Endless or unavailing (Dictionary.com) and thus giving you a sisyphean task


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The first word that came to mind was tentative (unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant). After reading more carefully, I think a better word to use would be proposed (to put before oneself as something to be done; design; intend), as you have both put this collaboration before yourselves as something to be done, but it is still subject to ...


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An 1844 translation of Wilhelm Meinhold, Mary Schweidler, The Amber Witch (1838) describes the conclusion of a trial for witchcraft that supposedly occurred in 1630 (the book was a piece of fiction but was presented as an old document discovered by the author, in the manner of James Macpherson's discoveries of the works of Ossian). First the judge pronounces ...


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unscrupulous seems like a good adjective for Macbeth's character. "not controlled by one's conscience and contemptuous of what one knows to be right or honorable" TFD "an unscrupulous landlord". ""unscrupulous politicians who would be happy to sell their country in order to gain power" Having or showing no moral principles; not ...


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From both the legal and writing process standpoints, the components that make up a song (by "song" I mean a musical piece that includes vocals, and may (often) include other musical instruments that accompany the vocals, with the vocals almost always including words in a specific language) are almost universally divided into music and lyrics. When those two ...


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How about iconify - http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Iconify An icon is less than a person: it represents specific qualities and is thus much "simpler" than a real person.


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The word is redacted. Generally speaking, when gov't documents are released to the public, they are heavily redacted. re·dact riˈdakt (verb) 1. edit (text) for publication. 2. censor or obscure (part of a text) for legal or security purposes. Via https://www.google.com/#q=redacted


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Being a software engineer, I am sure the word you are looking for is Revoke


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Prospective? Apparently I need to enter another 20 odd characters to answer.


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Describing the physical action required as opposed to the act of consummation conjures an effective image. When consuming a shot glass of alcohol quickly you are not sipping or even slurping it; you put it to your lips and throw your head back to splash the liquid into your mouth as quickly as possible. He threw back a shot of whisky. I don't know if ...


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I think you should go with something more neutral. It is clear from the other responses that "Wobble" can be seen as positive or negative. So I think you should try moving towards something like: Squiggle noun noun: squiggle; plural noun: squiggles 1. a short line that curls and loops in an irregular way. "some prescriptions are a series of ...


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As user @Nick offered in a comment: The word contraband, reported in English since 1529, from Medieval French contrebande "a smuggling," denotes any item which, relating to its nature, is illegal to be possessed or sold. –Wiki


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Depending on the type of product Wobble can have a meaning of either funny or unsturdy/off balance. If you have a table or a chair that wobbles, people see that negatively. If you have a ball or other toy that wobbles, it makes it more fun. Since you are making a tool, wobble might not be appropriate to use as a product name in this case. Two good words ...


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Potential conveys the idea: possible when the ​necessary ​conditions ​exist: A ​number of potential ​buyers have ​expressed ​interest in the ​company. Many potential ​customers are ​waiting for a ​fall in ​prices before ​buying. The ​accident is a ​grim ​reminder of the potential ​dangers ​involved in ​North Sea ​oil ​production. ...


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A search for antonyms unearths Dan Bron's suggestion, outdent. Outdent verb To indent negatively, bring towards the margin. By default, the summary tasks are bold and outdented, and the subtasks are indented beneath them. - wikitionary The link also defines the noun form as hanging paragraph, but it would sound a little odd to say that the code ...


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Congenital is indeed oft used, however it means that it is a lineage trait as well (literally from con genites (Latin) meaning with father): so whilst popular in use, not strictly correct unless unless referring to a condition suffered by progenitors as well. From the point of view of non-physical traits: perhaps inherent, or intrinsic might serve better ...


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Tourist spots or tourist attractions A tourist attraction is a place of interest where tourists visit, typically for its inherent or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, offering leisure, adventure and amusement. Natural beauty such as beaches, tropical island resorts with coral reefs, hiking and ...


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Naïve adjective (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment. "the rather naive young man had been totally misled" (of a person) natural and unaffected; innocent. "Andy had a sweet, naive look when he smiled" synonyms: innocent, unsophisticated, artless, ingenuous, inexperienced, guileless, unworldly, trusting; ...


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There is 'sanctify' verb (used with object), sanctified, sanctifying. 1 - to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate. www.dictionary.com In the case of 'sanctify', of course no-one is suggesting in this context that the object is actually made holy, or becomes saintly, but it would be understood as a metaphor for the intended meaning ...


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Top goalscorer: a ​person who ​scores ​goals for ​their ​team in ​games such as ​football: Messi ​became Barcelona's ​leading/​top goalscorer that ​season. (Cambridge Dictionary) English football first tier top scorers


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rathole US a bottomless pit. (Typically with throw and down as in the examples.) Why do they keep throwing money down that rathole? McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressionsp "If you want to see a change, the only way that's going to happen is if we elect Joe and others like Joe to join with the increasingly large ...



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