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Jun
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comment Word for the state/condition of feeling that one's life is meaningless?
+1 for angst, but I'd consider adding existential to it. I think the modifier really captures the meaninglessness of one's life as the cause, vs. general anxiety.
May
29
comment A word that means a bad copy of lots of other things
I might add the variant "cheap knock-off" to this answer. "knock-off" by itself does convey a lazy copy, with no real improvements, but given the desire to convey specific negativity from the OP, "cheap knock-off" may make it even clearer that it's likely worse than the inspiration.
Mar
18
comment A more formal word for 'Screwed.'
"Royally Screwed!" (What could be more formal than the king's court??)
Mar
4
comment A word for support that is superficial, but not operational
@bib, you're just mad that Jimmy Wales refuses to acknowledge your dominance here on ELU as "notable" enough for an entry. :P
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Mar
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revised A word for support that is superficial, but not operational
tightened up some language and removed some mostly redundant lines from the quoted excerpt
Mar
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answered A word for support that is superficial, but not operational
Feb
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awarded  Informed
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awarded  Talkative
Dec
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awarded  Famous Question
Oct
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answered A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?
Oct
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comment Respectful Noun for Really Hard Worker
This was the only noun I could think of that really matched, and I think you nailed its tone: neutral. In the right context, it can definitely be positive.
Aug
27
comment What exists between tolerant and enthusiastic?
@keshlam, how would a thesaurus aid in finding a term that's not equivalent in meaning to two others, but midway between them in degree?
Aug
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Aug
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comment What's the job title for temporary position when the real one is not in the office?
+1 In big companies in the US, "acting" is by far the most commonly used, but as oerkelens points out, it's not applied to a person on "standby" unless you're talking about when they'll actually be called up. ("If Mr. A is away and unreachable, Mr. B will serve as acting CEO.")
Jul
30
comment A critical situation in which no trick works?
"There's no magic bullet" is a common idiom that nearly perfectly matches your title, but it fails to meet your "one word" criterium.
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Jun
25
revised What is a word for an employee of a company that deals with community-related matters?
added "trust and safety officer"
Jun
25
answered What is a word for an employee of a company that deals with community-related matters?
Jun
23
awarded  Constituent