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Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.  YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.  Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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Word that encompasses both parody and homage

I want to talk about something I have trouble finding a name for, that I could then use to mean both parody scenes and homages. If possible as well things like cameos, hidden nods to prior works, ...
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Alternatives to y'all?

I am trying to write one of my first stories right now and I keep getting stuck on one thing. I have lived in Texas my whole life and so I am used to saying "Y'all" to refer to a group small or large. ...
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Is there a simple phrase that expresses a group having great quantity but terrible quality? [closed]

For instance if I buy 100 pairs of shoes but each pair lasts a week at best, how could I describe that group in a single word or short phrase?
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Generic term for the other party to an aggressor's actions

In a confrontation between two parties, where one is being aggressive towards another (either by attacking them or by simply posturing and frightening the other), one side could be referred to as the "...
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What did people in the 1800s used to call their mothers? I'm writing a paper for English 3rd pd [closed]

This is for my English class, and it has to be due by tomorrow, so I need this quickly. What did people call their mothers in the 1800's?
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What word would you use to describe a craft person? [closed]

Is there such a word as Craftor or Crafter? I am creating a poster for a craft show. I want to say, Crafters and Vendors needed, but I don't think Crafter is a word.
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What is the word for not showing your own opinion while informing someone about a subject

For example: Informing someone about the government shutdown without revealing your own opinion about the shutdown. I wanted to stay ... so I don't influence your opinion. The word I'm thinking of ...
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Word for “fear of being discovered”

What is a word that means "fear of being discovered"? Preferably a word but a phrase will also do just fine. In my case I want to use it like: He had constant fear that he would be discovered as ...
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A word for a rule that isn't strictly enforced since proper enforcement would result in the expulsion/paralysis of too many members?

Is there a word for a rule that is not strictly enforced since proper enforcement of that rule would result in the expulsion/paralysis of too many members? E.g., In "Game of Thrones" there is a part ...
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Is there a word that encompasses the tobacco, cannabis, vaping and alcohol industries?

I'm trying to start a website that shows jobs in the more "shunned" industries like smoking or alcohol but I'm having a hard time thinking of a word that sums up all of them. Is there a word for these ...
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I ____ refer to <person> as “Name” [closed]

I couldn't think of the word for this. Definitely not "lovingly" or "adoringly"... but something along those lines...
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The opposite of enabling a person to do something [closed]

The title kind of says it all. I'm looking for the opposite of "it enables the customer to perform …". First thought was "it disables the customer to perform … " but that just doesn't sound right. ...
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Cards with instalments/installments? [closed]

I am trying to understand if the word 'instalments' has double 'l'. I googled it, but I did not manage to find an answer.
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Word to describe a person who always tries to find excuses to not do something

Is there a word to describe a person who always tries to find excuses to not do something even if they end up doing it. The reason behind this could be laziness or no interest. Also is there a word ...
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Is there a term for browsing the web and ending up very far from the original article? [closed]

Whenever I read an article on the web, I either click on the links in the article or search for more information about the topic, ending up very far from the original article. Is there a term for this ...
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Adjective to something that can be redone [closed]

What adjective could I use to refer to something that can be redone. i.e: for something that can be removed, it would be 'removable', so what would fit to something that can be redone?
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A word/phrase for the following way of comparison?

Jim is a lazy man. Jack is lazier than Jim. They want to take either Jim or Jack for the job. John criticize Jim as being lazy. Robert says: that criticism apply to Jack .... (...
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What is a single-word to describe a person who refuses to apologize or admit when they're wrong, especially when dealing with others? [duplicate]

This is in regards to something objective that I am writing about unhealthy familial dynamics and how someone can move on in healthy ways. This is for a course I am taking. What is a single-word to ...
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A word for: something good that came out of something bad [duplicate]

I need a single-word to describe something good that (unexpectedly) resulted from something bad. This good thing could not have occurred without the bad event happening first, as a precursor. Example ...
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What word/phrase can I use for “Arson card?”

Many years ago at a corporate training event we were playing a simulation game where each team had an "arson card" they could play during their turn. It doesn't take much imagination to understand ...
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A single word synonym for “A person not to mess with”

I'm looking for a single word synonym for "A person not to mess with" without explicitly evoking a specific reason, as in "fearsome" for example. Example in a sentence: Kidd was an unfuckwithable ...
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Make someone understand

I made him understand the concealed meaning of the sentence. Can I rephrase the sentence without the word 'make'?
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Expression or word that means “a tactic is stolen by the enemy and used against oneself” [duplicate]

I'm looking for something different from Word for “to use someone's own tactics against them”. I'm considering a scenario in which one intends to use a certain tactic to defend oneself against some ...
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Money for which the taxes are unpaid

Is there a word to describe money that has been earned legally but for which the taxes haven't been paid. For example, "Mr. X is known to evade tax; he has a lot of money".
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Is there a common word for edit and delete? [closed]

I am trying to name a variable in computer programming where the function checks both: Whether the user has edit and delete permission for resource. The reason for common function is the logic for ...
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What's a verb for putting other's problems down? [closed]

I'm trying to describe a situation where people put themselves before other's problems. It needs to be a verb :) Thanks
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A word for something that is impossible to be sure of? [closed]

A noun for something that you cannot prove; something you can never be sure of actually happening/being real?
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Mishearing something overheard

Consider the following situation: A & B are having a conversation. C overhears it. Either A or B says something C considers controversial. C later speaks about this in private, but has misheard. ...
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Word for when we accidentally invert the syllabic utterances of words?

Today, during a conversation, one of my friends accidentally inverted the syllables of the word "bookmarks" as "markbooks." Then I immediately thought about describing such a mistake in speaking. I ...
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Is there a word to describe the feelings of a flatterer?

Flattery is described as "the act or practice of flattering." So John praises Mary. Mary feels good about John's praise, but John also feels good about the praise he gives to Mary. What is a word to ...
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Is the use of 'consequent' appropriate in this phrase?

The phrase: ...using support vector methods to determine the function and consequent structure of our dataset... For some context, "support vector methods" determine a function for a dataset. ...
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Discredit by association

Is there a word or term to describe attempting to discredit an organisation/movement/group by association of certain members involved? For example, when discussing the Peoples Vote campaign among ...
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Word for intuition but with reasoning?

Can one use the word intuition for the following scenario:- Tester: (Checks output file) I think A->1 (A is being mapped to 1), because I am seeing a pattern in the input and output files that was ...
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Never listens to me

What do you call it when others never listen to what I am saying or discredit my experiences and talk over me?
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Is there an antonym for “nice-to-have”?

Let's suppose that while looking for a new car, I end up with a list of requirements that I would like my new car to satisfy. I proceed to put these requirements into one of the following categories: ...
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What is it called when a word no longer literally describes something? [duplicate]

An example of this would be the word "Film". Film is no longer the medium that we use to record movies but we still refer to movies as films. What is it called when an older term is used to refer to ...
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What is the verb, synonym of stuck, that describes when an object is located between two other objects?

For example: "The door was ________ between two bookshelves"
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Adjective for “being made mandatory” [closed]

I'm looking for a word like "mandatorised" (except it should be a real word) to describe something that's been transitioned from optional to mandatory. Edit: We're using this word to name a class in ...
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Synonyms for “Charge” as it relates to charging devices?

I was trying to think of alternatives to 'charging' a phone or ipad or other electric device, but have come up short. Obviously, the word has multiple meanings but it seems there are few/no ...
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Words for Technology enthusiastic

I would like to fill in the space in the following sentence a proper word that means Technology enthusiastic With an inquisitive and ___ personality, I am confident ... I've tried couple synonyms ...
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Is there a word or succinct phrase to indicate the act of abandoning an idea that does not fit or workout? [closed]

Example: - Through _______ alchemy evolved into the foundations of modern chemistry
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What is the word to describe the relationship between two presidents not immediately before/after one another?

Donald Trump is Barack Obama's successor as the 45th and current President of the United States. But what about Trump and Bill Clinton, for example? Can we say Trump is Clinton's successor too?
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how do you describe someone who enjoys intellectual arguments? [duplicate]

Is there a term that describes someone who enjoys intellectual arguments, e.g. how physicists would like debating about theories they're working with or how people enjoy arguing over the meaning of a ...
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Is there a word that adds more tension to “contemplate”?

I think contemplate might work, but I am wanting to add more tension to it. Trying to communicate the idea of reflecting/thinking/exploring one's thoughts and feelings on a subject (spiritual in ...
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What is a strong verb that means to vulnerably (bravely) expose? [closed]

I am looking for an active verb that communicates the idea of taking great risk to share intimate desires of your heart for the sake of the greater good, love, connection, etc... It must be positive, ...
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Word for an entity with a vast amount of knowledge? [closed]

Is there some word for a being / entity / intelligence that is either all-knowing or has an amount of knowledge that far exceeds that of a human being?
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Word for 'landscape covered in green' [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe a natural landscape covered in natural green (trees etc). Like looking at a massive forest viewed from above. Two rivers forked in a _______ landscape/scenery ...
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Sailor, but of rivers

I'm looking for a word similar to 'sailor' but not of the oceans (i.e rivers). Sailors are assumed to be 'people of the high seas' etc, which isn't what I'm after - I need smaller bodies of water. ...
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Looking for a word that has the meaning of “to work on something with doubled, extra effort” [closed]

Is there a word -- preferably a verb -- which has this meaning: "to work on something with doubled, extra effort"? Ideally it should also express being desperate, not caring about the costs, willing ...
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States between Transparent, Translucent and Opaque

I started creating a color palette for a side project and I was thinking what words would fit the best to describe alpha (transparency) of color. Imagine we have 0 for totally clear (every light ...