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comment What expression do you have in English as a counterpart to Japanese saying “Earthquake, Thunderbolt, Fire and Father"?
Point of interest: Because "Father" has lost it's power, this may have become an example of Arson, Murder, Jaywalking
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accepted Is there an antonym of “ruthless”?
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comment Is there an antonym of “ruthless”?
@Josh61 Those aren't actual antonyms though - they are just dissimilar words, none of which really mean the opposite. e.g. someone can be calm and civilized, but still be ruthless.
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answered Word that means that someone is too powerful
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asked Is there an antonym of “ruthless”?
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comment Is there a word for the feeling of wanting something material?
This is not a word I would have thought of, as I don't think I've ever heard it used, but I think the definition is the best match. Future readers might also consider crave, which is similar, but implies more of a physical or emotional need.
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accepted Is there a word for the feeling of wanting something material?
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comment Is there a word for the feeling of wanting something material?
@Josh61 no, that's an obsession with shopping generally - I'm looking for a word that means a desire for a single specific object. i.e. bob says: "every time I see a jaquar drive by, I think to myself I must have one of those" - he is feeling, what?
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asked Is there a word for the feeling of wanting something material?
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comment Is there an expression or idiom for something convenient that happens right when you need it to?
@MattE.Эллен it means "lucky".
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comment Is there an expression or idiom for something convenient that happens right when you need it to?
@PaulJohnson You're right. I generally think of "synchronicity" as meaning anything that a superstitious person would ascribe to prayer / psychic powers / magic / positive thinking / etc, but I believe it does technically have a more general meaning, for anything that can be made to look like a cause-effect relation but actually isn't. So, whether this term applies might depend on the beliefs of the person describing it.
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comment Word/phrase that means a series of problems of increasing severity caused by a small error
I thought of that, but it's the circle part that doesn't fit - vicious circle implies that the final thing causes the first thing to happen again.
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accepted Word/phrase that means a series of problems of increasing severity caused by a small error