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It is often called: dirty money: Profit from the sale of narcotics, prostitution, guns, or other illegal activities. Money that needs to be laundered. money obtained illegally. Source:http://www.thefreedictionary.com


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From dictionary.com... ill-gotten gains Benefits obtained in an evil manner or by dishonest means, as in They duped their senile uncle into leaving them a fortune and are now enjoying their ill-gotten gains . [Mid-1800s] I think one reasonably consistent distinction between this and @Josh61's suggestion is... dirty money was usually already ...


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I would say a spontaneous event.


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I believe gnaw is the word you're looking for. a : to bite or chew on with the teeth; especially : to wear away by persistent biting or nibbling b : to make by gnawing <rats gnawed a hole>


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Perhaps you're looking for conforming: 2 a: to be obedient or compliant—usually used with to <conform to another's wishes>  b: to act in accordance with prevailing standards or customs <the pressure to conform> —source Merriam-Webster Or conformity as a noun: 3: action in accordance with some specified standard or ...


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A classic cliche for describing money "earned" in this manner is filthy lucre or just lucre: filthy lucre Money; money or other material goods acquired through unethical or dishonorable means, dirty money. (See The Free Dictionary's entry under money.) Lucre itself has taken on the shameful meaning imparted to it originally by the adjective filthy: ...


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It seems that the concept without cause is not a true criterion. Assuming we are not talking about supernatural events, there are physical, biological, social, political things that happened that contributed to the ultimate event. The real sense behind the phrase is no known cause or no understood cause. I would therefore propose inexplicable not ...


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If you want it in that form, try "I set a campfire alight". "I lit a campfire" would be more usual, but typically encompasses the entire cultural act (collecting wood, finding a suitable place, tending the fire until it is established, that it is somehow "your" fire, and so on) rather than just the act of setting alight. So, for example: "After a long day ...


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I would simply go with the word ornament. Decorative and serving no real purpose otherwise.


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Paper rots or mildews if it gets damp, it yellows with age, and perhaps it crumbles.


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It's a... no-win situation ...often summed up by saying you're... damned if you do, and [you're] damned if you don't Sometimes it's appropriate to call it a... Catch-22 [situation] ...where it's inherent in the context that you're required to simultaneously observe two or more mutually contradictory constraints. Particularly when successive ...


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One word that I feel is particularly associated with age-related deterioration of paper-based products is... moulder (US molder) - slowly decay or disintegrate, especially because of neglect. OxfordDctionaries example usage: 'the smell of mouldering books' Plus several examples from Google Books of "mouldered books"


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I think "lost cause" fits your description the best. PS. I just reread the examples of your description and I think you should use "no way out" in those situations.


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"Paramount" might be the word you're looking for. E.g. The paramount thing to do is go back to your family and tell several of them what has happened. According to context, you can also do pretty well with the colloquial "number one:" I thought the number one thing to do is to not join. That way they can't have access to all your personal info ...


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Consider ornament, which principally means: (n) a thing used to make something look more attractive but usually having no practical purpose From: New Oxford American Dictionary An object that's aesthetically pleasing and completely useless can be described as ornamental.


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I think deteriorate may be an appropriate verb to use: (intr) to wear away or disintegrate Maps deterioration Preserving maps and plans - Preservation and storage - Deterioration of materials over time is inevitable, but we can control how fast it happens. Some materials are susceptible to deterioration because of their composition and ...


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Well, there is always the word causeless: so you could simply say a causeless event. A rough synonym is fortuitous. You could potentially say a random event or chance event. The commentators on the physics forum are correct: as a scientific term, that isn't the technical meaning of random. But unless you're intending to use it as a technical term, so what? ...


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Perhaps dilettante or dilettantish conveys what you describe. According to Merriam-Webster Online dictionary: a person whose interest in an art or in an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious. Plural: dil·et·tantes or dil·et·tan·ti


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In addition to loot and booty, which are limited, and dirty money, which is quite general, I would offer up the more specific blood money. Loot and booty are more specifically for theft or ransacking of a national treasure, such as a tomb filled with gold. Dirty money is quite general and can be used for any illegally or unethically acquired gain. Blood ...


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From OED... acausal - not causal; independent of or not involving the relationship of cause and effect. Here's an NGram showing how usage has increased during the Quantum era it fits so well with.


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The ultimate font of all these words, including both English rodent and Portuguese roer, is the classical Latin (and also modern Italian) verb rodere/rodo, which in English means “to gnaw or corrode”. To elaborate somewhat upon the most simple and direct answer, let’s look at what a couple thousand years of hungry rodents gnawing away at our languages have ...


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I've seen superluminal and subluminal. Sometimes sub-lightspeed


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If you get hurt, the primary thing to do is to stay calm. Also foremost or paramount.


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I believe that in this case it means the person who wrote the letter does not know the proper usage of ibid.. The proper usage of ibid. is in a bibliography or footnote to refer to the previous citation. From the context, I would assume that the writer of the letter mentions the interview in a prior sentence, and now is trying to recall the same ...


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foremost would fit. adv. So as to be most important. adj., adv. first in place, rank, importance, etc There is the phrase "first and foremost" also, that emphasizes this: first to be dealt with and most important. First and foremost, I think you should work harder on your biology. Have this in mind first and foremost: Keep smiling! ...


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Swerve is the word most would use if the action is immediate and reactive. It means to turn immediately out of the way, and it describes the jerky action you would likely make in that situation. I swerved to avoid the pedestrian who darted into the road. If it were a simple changing of lanes, you would just say change lanes.


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Fated seems pretty appropriate here. But also destined, preordained, and not one word but 'in the stars seems pretty apropos given the context. EDIT - added after comment below Leon Conrad It sounds like you mean that it was appropriate, suitable, felicitous, proper, apt, or, as I used above, apropos.


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How about crucial: "Extremely significant or important: a crucial problem; vital to the resolution of a crisis; decisive." critical: Indispensable; essential. essential: Basic or indispensable; necessary vital: necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining: It was critical that he stop them for if he did not the battle was sure to be lost.


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Exhaustion: the state of being exhausted. Where exhausted is the state of having used all of someone's mental or physical energy : to be tired out or worn out (someone) completely; to be completely used up. Exhaustion has the meaning of being completely "energyless", whereas words like lethargy and fatigue more closely mean "having little energy".


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"Tip-of-the-tongue" is used to refer to situations in which a person knows a word but cannot produce it at the time. We say--when trying to answer a question--"It's right on the tip of my tongue."



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