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Questions tagged [epithet-requests]

Requests for nouns, adjectives, or phrases that answer questions of the form “What do you call a person who . . . ?” Although these are not necessarily negative, they are often used pejoratively as “words that wound” against persons or acts one disapproves of, as in “racial epithets”.

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Is there a word for someone who treats their opinion as fact? [duplicate]

Thought that's what dogmatic meant but apparently it's not. Is there a word that describes this?
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Word for someone who dismisses contrary opinions as irrational? [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase or (ideally) a single word to describe someone who dismisses any opposing opinion as being wrong and a result of being unable to think correctly. Ideally it would also imply ...
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Word for someone who plays witness or an unbiased perspective

I need a better way to describe a witness to an event. Here is the sentence that has stumped me: Terrance had been witness to the whole event, but since he did not feel like taking over as ...
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Word for a person who hates India

Anglophobe is the word for a person who hates England. Oxford Dictionaries defines it as noun A person having a strong dislike of England or Britain. Is there a similar word for a person who hates ...
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What is the word for individuals who unwittingly post very similar questions asking for the same words, without doing any previous research?

Many newcomers on EL&U post very similar single-word-requests, all asking for more or less the same words. The two main categories appear to be asking about verbosity and thriftiness. What is ...
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Word for someone who feels that they deserve all the bad things that have happened to them

Question is in the title, basically. Recently I was talking to a friend who feels like they deserve anything bad that happens to them. I thought this would fall under self-pity, but the person isn't ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [closed]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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Idiom for a person who is above any question

I read somewhere a sentence which said about a political leader that he is the "holy something" whose actions cannot be questioned. The context was to describe that even though this man does bad ...
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Name of a person that is intolerant of stupidity

What noun or adjective would one give to a person that is intolerant of stupidity? A person that becomes annoyed, angry, or of very short temper when conversing or interacting with people of a lower ...
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Expression for someone who thinks bad things will happen and makes plans for it

I read an online article recently about psychology, which referred to a type of person who always expects bad things to happen. But rather than worrying or being unduly anxious about it, they plan ...
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Word for someone who is clever and smart but book-dumb? [closed]

What is a good adjective for someone clever/smart but book dumb?
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Word for someone who is too empathetic (possible antonym of narcissism)

I am looking for a word describing someone who has an "unhealthy" amount of empathy to the point where it may be detrimental to their well-being. For example, on the other side of the scale, one may ...
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Phrase for “able to concentrate for long periods of time”

I am looking for a word or phrase that describes someone who is able to concentrate and work for long periods of time without taking a break. An example would be a computer programmer who can sit in ...
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Appropriate word for someone immune to embarrassment?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe someone who is very "comfortable in their skin", secure with themselves, and most importantly completely immune to being embarrassed or mocked. ...
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What's a word or short phrase for someone who knows what's going on around them

I am looking for a word that quickly describes someone who knows everything that is going on in the in the city they live in. This person does not engage in gossip concerning other people's personal ...
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Single word for someone who prefers to work without timelines

Is there a word for someone who works on a particular task without worrying about the time that he spends on it. Someone with an attitude of "it'll take as much time that it has to take". But he is ...
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Is calling someone 'didactic' risking offense?

As I understand it, 'didactic' is used to mean something that has the ulterior motive of teaching especially in a moral connotation and also to mean patronising, or appearing patronising. So does ...
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Looking for a word to describe someone who is overly rational [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is overly rational, in an unrealistic way. Thanks!
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Is there an expression to indicate the strategy of wearing someone down with numerous small irritations?

I would use rope-a-dope, but it's got connotations of pretending to lose that I don't need. I'm trying to describe the behavior of someone who sends twenty detailed emails a day about various projects,...
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What is the single word for someone who gives nicknames to the others without any bad thoughts?

I don't mean the namedropper thing. What am I, if I put a cool nickname to my friend without insulting them?
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Is there a word or collocation for an unwanted person? [closed]

I'm looking for a word or collocation we use in British English when we want to refer to someone who's interested in you, attracted to you, but whose advances at you are not welcome. Thank you! :)
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someone who just cares and follows where his own interests to?

What do you call someone who just cares about his own interests, doesn't look people up out of love or care or to check up on them. But just feigning to do while he panders mostly indirectly to end up ...
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Term for someone who leaves a relationship after the other person buys them a bunch of stuff

I'm looking for the proper term. So there's a female. Her name is Kaylee. Knows this guy that is madly in love with her and would give anything to be with her. Well, she is struggling and needs ...
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Word that is similar to “edgy”

I'm looking for a word which describes people who are annoying because they do something new, they think that this is so cool but actually the new thing and they are silly at all. The people I want to ...
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Word for a contemptuous person?

Is there a good word for someone who shows contempt for others? Especially when it's a pattern, and anyone who threatens that person's self esteem is held in contempt? The first thought that comes to ...
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Word to Describe Exploitation of Elderly

I am looking for a word(s) that describes someone who deceives/takes advantage of an old person to get that old person to name him as his caretaker, POA, successor trustee of his trust, etc. Sample ...
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What is the name/title for someone who generates ideas?

what is the name/title for someone who generates ideas? Here idea refers to things like: Doing a project together Something can be done Something is possible Someone can try something Something can ...
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Word to describe person who is rich in wealth, but is poor in class?

Looking for a word to describe a person who is rich in wealth, but is poor in class. I've heard of words to describe poor people who have no class or manners, words to describe rich people who have ...
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Word for a non-politician who commits crimes against humanity

I am looking for a word or phrase to communicate someone who has committed what amounts to crimes against humanity, but who is not a politician or a soldier or military leader. I want to describe ...
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Adjective for someone who knows their limits

I am looking for adjectives for describing a person who knows their limits, what they are capable of and what not, knows their weak and strong points. Usage example: When you are going through a new ...
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Noun for person that you “suck up” to

I am looking for a general term for a person that people "suck up" to or ask favors of often so that they can advance themselves. Essentially, I am looking for a term that would describe a person in ...
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What do you call a person who talks about nothing but himself? [duplicate]

How to describe a person in a word who keeps mentioning about his own life story or about himself for every topic that is being conversed? Be it interesting or boring, he has the ability to pick out ...
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Single word for a person who makes things difficult [duplicate]

I am in search of a word that exactly means 'a difficult person of my description'. For example, suppose that I am on the lookout for a heart specialist, and I ask my friend if he is familiar with ...
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A slang word for person who is addicted to mass media promoted pop-culture [closed]

I am looking for a slang term which describes people who are all about contemporary mass media promoted pop culture: pop song charts, YouTube likes, dislikes and comments, celebrities' instagrams, etc....
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Expressions for someone who likes doing things alone and doesn't like help

What expressions are there for someone who likes to be alone and independent? "Lone runner" is what comes to my mind, but I don't think I've really heard it, to be honest. Could anyone help?
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Is it right, or better way, to say someone “denies themselves agency”

I'm trying to express the idea of someone who consistently underestimates his own contributions or his ability to impact a situation, despite having high self esteem. This is due to seeing themselves ...
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Someone who buys a lot of books but barely reads them

What do English speakers call a person who loves to buy and collect a lot of books, but does not often read them? When purchasing the books, the person might hope to learn new things from the book ...
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Describe a person who brags about difficulties

I am looking for a commonly used phrase, idiom, or simile that describes people who like to talk (brag?) about their difficulties, especially self inflicted or easily avoidable ones, as if having ...
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What do you call a person who tries to be the first to answer and/or answer the most questions on stack exchange? [closed]

More specifically, those on StackExchange or similar Q&A sites that seem to be trolling (as in fishing) for new questions to answer solely for the potential reputation gained and/or to be viewed ...
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Word that describes a clown who weakens an argument by taking a side

When there is more than one side in a debate, an argument can be weakened by someone who is seen as stupid or a joker if they are vocal about it. This invalidates your beliefs because if crazy person ...
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Is there a non-compound synonym for 'ever-improving'?

Trying to find out a simpler way to refer to someone who is actively looking to grow and excel at what she is doing.
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What is a word for when someone likes bodily harm done to oneself.

What word would work for someone who likes to be hurt by other people? Physically, like it may even be a turn on.
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BrEng expressions to describe a man who is becoming stupid

I'm searching for British English expressions describing a person who starts to be stupid, crazy or foolish. I mean something like the idiom to lose one's head and epithets like: You fool! Are there ...
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Word for someone who repeats words

What is a word for someone who uses a word excessively in conversation? For example, using the same swear word in every sentence.
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Term for a person who disagrees but says the same thing

I am not sure whether there's a clinical term for it but if you can help me find the closest term for such behaviour I can do some research on it. What do you call a person that disagrees with your ...
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Word for someone who knows the rules?

I would like to know a word to describe someone who is well-versed in the rules of a game, sport, activity, etc.?
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Idiom for someone who got a tiny fraction of power and abuses it?

Is there any idiom for a person who somehow obtained a (usually small) power to control people and is using it in every possible way to make problems for people around him?
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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What do you call someone who has been in custody as a prisoner of war?

In Persian, someone who has once been a prisoner of war and now is free and not a prisoner anymore is called "Azadeh", literally meaning liberated, free(d). What is the English equivalent for this ...