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When a person’s identity is unknown (which is often the case when a dead body is found, before the body is identified) or must be anonymised, but the person still needs to be entered into some kind of system that requires a name, placeholder names are often used. The most common placeholder names are John Doe for males and Jane Doe for females (as mentioned ...


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-ess is, in fact, a feminine suffix. The male or neuter form (English tends to conflate the two) would be tempter. As a note, the title The Tempter, with capital letters, is given to the Devil. A person who tempts in a sexual fashion might be called a seducer (seductress if female).


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Synonyms like "egoistic", "egocentric", "self-centered" "self-loving", etc, are no stronger than selfish. I would use an adverb before "selfish" lest its exact meaning be changed. "Egocentric" and "self-centered" are not exactly the same as selfish. He is extremely/incredibly/profoundly/exceptionally/monstrously/etc selfish.


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A mythological creature called succubus is described as the ultimate temptress, using sexual seduction to lure its prey. The male counterpart, incubus, similarly uses sexual seduction to lure in prey. These terms can be used to describe seductive people whose ultimate goal is self-serving or else makes no consideration for the wellbeing of the person being ...


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Looking for a single noun ... I'm sorry to be borrowing from French, here, but bon vivant (literally “one who lives well, good ‘liver’ (living person)”), from bon (“good”) + vivant (“person who is living”), agent noun of vivre (“to live”), is better than any English term I can think of, though it can come across as pretentious-sounding. bon vivant ...


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Temptress / Feminine; Tempter / Masculine OP also requests a description of "a man who entices others into making bad decisions" Such an individual is sometimes referred to as a “Svengali” svengali n.: A person who manipulates or controls another, especially by force of personality for malicious purposes. See, the Free Dictionary ...


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Egomaniacal: overly concerned with one's own desires, needs, or interests a brilliant but egomaniacal urban planner who ruthlessly sought to impose his vision of the ideal cityscape (M-W)


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There are many synonyms that a thesaurus of your choice will be quick to provide. However, consider this: There is no reason to have the thuses in there in the first place. Remove them completely, and you're still conveying the same information. It is quite obvious that each of the sentences logically flows from the previous one. Later in life, neural ...


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Avaricious denotes a kind of selfishness that knows no limits. From the link: avaricious | adjective | av·a·ri·cious | \ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs\ greedy of gain; excessively acquisitive especially in seeking to hoard riches an avaricious scheme to con the elderly couple out of thousands of dollars


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If you mean bad financial or professional decisions, the word you're looking for might be charlatan: A person practising quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception. (Wikipedia) A similar word is huckster: A pejorative for a person who sells something or serves ...


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This is mistaken: we do not “use Siamese for two”. Things that come in twos are variously known as pairs, couples, doubles, or twins. There is no common word denoting something that regularly comes in quadruplicate, apart perhaps from a foursome or as mentioned in comments, a quartet. But that doesn’t express the same notion as Siamese twins does. You ...


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what about- mandated. A mandate is like an official command or a go-ahead.


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My suggestion would be "Lothario" "a man who obsessively seduces and deceives women." http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lothario?s=t


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Unless you absolutely need a single word, use "lover of life". "Biophile" won't be a familiar word (and that matters in this context, since I expect you aren't trying to challenge your readers' vocabulary). And I rather think that English-speakers will interpret the bio- prefix more closely to "biology" than "biography". That is to say they'll take it to ...


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If you really want to stick to a single word noun and want it to be understood by people, you can consider life-lover. I wish I knew what people mean when they say they find "emptiness" in this wonderful adventure of living... I'm afraid I'm an incorrigible life-lover and life-wonderer and adventurer. —Edith Wharton The common phrases to express the ...


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David. David was a young shepherd with a sling and 5 smooth stones who pitted himself against a gigantic Philistine who was fully armed for battle. Yet he brought the giant down with one stone (saving the others for the giant's brothers.) But we've known O'Brien is a fighter since back in the day, when he was the David to Jay Leno's Goliath. [Boston ...


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In addition to the methods presented in RegDwigнt's answer — using synonyms and simply removing the words — two other techniques for avoiding such repetition come to mind. Replacing "thus" or "therefore" in the conclusion with "since" or "because" in the clause presenting the evidence is perhaps the most straightforward. This technique works better with ...


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I respectfully disagree that an adverb is the ideal route. English is the richest lexicon that has ever existed: you have an arsenal of words from which to choose the ideal way to fillet your subject. Your question is short, but you asked for a word that conveys two meanings: selfishness, and that the selfishness is "wrong." I will interpret that as morally ...


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The closest I can proffer is- rummage : to search for something especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place. : to engage in an undirected or haphazard search ransack (MW) ================================================================== v. - search haphazardly “We rummaged through the drawers” n. - a search for ...


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It's difficult to know without the exact context, but are you looking for a word such as "mandatory" or "compulsory"?


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Try "controlled by a few players" or "dominated by a few players". They mean the same thing, but they're not so formal, because not from Greek..


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Try Pied Piper: The Pied Piper of Hamelin [...] is the subject of a legend concerning the departure or death of a great number of children from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Lower Saxony, Germany, in the Middle Ages. The earliest references describe a piper, dressed in multicolored ("pied") clothing, leading the children away from the town never to ...


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This course of action, works. You could also say "convention" when referring to the societal trend of depositing the elderly in institutions.


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They actually are similar. In both cases a letter is used to "stand in for" (that is, to represent) a word that begins with that letter (L for Look, A for Apple). So I think a single-word substitute would be "represents". But that's not as concise or poetic. Here's a song along those lines: ...


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I would suggest employed; persons who are employed full-time or part-time during a specified payroll period. Temporary employees and those on paid-leave are included in this definition. Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/employed.html#ixzz3T1K6aihK


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"School year" is also OK. But "academic year" is fine, even for elementary schools. Maybe "school year" can be used so that there is no objection even from those who think school has mainly some purpose other than academics. By the way, I don't think "academic" will suggest "academy" to most people.


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A snake-oil salesman would deceitfully tempts you into taking a bad decision ( buying or doing something). It generally refers to a person that is pushing a product that is deemed to be overhyped at best, and fraudulent at worst but, but it may be figuratively used to refer to someone you deceitfully tempts you into doing somethnig that is not in ...


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As the good people mentioned above tantalizing paradox are two words: tantalizing and paradox, an adjective and a noun.According to (Merriam-Webster) paradox means: * something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible. * someone who does two things that seem to be ...


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Epicurean is the word for a person who enjoys pursuing sensuous pleasures


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They are not the same. Whether you could substitute "good" for "worth" would depend very much on the context. "It's good to X" is very generic. It says there is a benefit but has no meaning of urgency or necessity or superlative benefit or the perils of not doing X. In contrast, "worth" can imply any and all of those extra things. To me, the use of ...



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