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.  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 if you seek a phrase and the [terminology] tag if you seek a term in a specialized subject also.

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What is it called when the community is too conservative and doesn’t allow out-speaking and free criticism of each other?

This community is so ————— . The members don’t feel comfortable to criticize each other. I am looking for a word or phrase for the blank above. Of course there might be political obstacles against ...
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Is there a single word for the "act" of praising a person with the intention of bringing down this person later?

Jack __ the other person. I am looking for a word that describes putting someone on a high pedestal only to bring him down later. Any word that follows this chain of activity may also do, praise-...
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Telling the truth sarcastically

Is there a term for saying something in a sarcastic manner but you actually mean what you're saying? All the time I say things sarcastically even though I mean what I say. Or if I want to tell the ...
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Is there a verb for the action of an author redefining words incorrectly?

As an author or other communicator, it's often important to define your terms, because words in English (and I assume most other languages) can have multiple meanings. Sometimes authors define words ...
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A long, obscure word with the meaning "abstruse, erudite, (of a text) difficult"

I have forgotten a particular word. It's very rare, but not so rare that it doesn't appear in online dictionaries—for instance, it appeared in Google Search's dedicated dictionary widget with its ...
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Is there a word that means "pertaining to a niece", similar to "avuncular"? [duplicate]

Is there a word that means "pertaining to a niece", similar to "avuncular"?
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Strict adjective for "in a different country, not your own", for use before a noun (attributive, not predicate), that's not "overseas"?

What would be a usable alternative to overseas, in the very strict sense of "living in a country not your own"? It is strange that the most common attributive adjective for this notion is ...
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What is a word for someone who sees themself as ‘unlovable’?

I’m doing some character work and I was wondering if anyone could find a word that means ‘someone who feels unlovable’ or ‘believes themself unworthy of having their love returned’. I'm looking for ...
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Describe an event that will be held at a time other than its standard one

How to describe an event that is usually held in a specific time-frame but this time and based on the extraordinary conditions should be held at another time? Specifically, FIFA World Cup usually held ...
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Is quantitiful a word? [closed]

Some example of words we convert the y into iful (typically rather than changing to yful), common mistake in converting a noun into an adjective. Duty becomes dutiful. Plenty becomes plentiful. But I ...
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Term for introducing a new work/idea that is different in some aspects relative to previous ones

How to introduce a work, e.g. a publication or report, in a field in which there are many similar works but the new one considered the topic from another perspective that is not common among previous ...
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Is there a word that combines aerial, aquatic, and terrestrial?

I know that something suitable to both land and water is called amphibious but I am looking for a word that describes something that is suitable to land, air, and water. I don't believe such an animal ...
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looking for a collection of words that define a taxonomy

I'm looking for a set of words that define a logical, hierarchical structure to define a simple 3 level taxonomy, but it needs to comply with the following requirements: The words must be related, ...
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Is a place where people have never lived 'deserted', 'empty' or 'uninhabited'?

Question is: it's well-established that if a place has been abandoned, it may be called 'deserted', but what about empty landscapes? If we want to say that no one's there (and never has been), would ...
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Is ‘casing’ a valid alternative to ‘capitalization’?

Searching for a noun which describes the letter-casing of words, I came across casing (without a prefix) and capitalization. Searching several dictionaries and translation services, casing seems odd ...
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Is there a word for someone who really has their act together

Is there a word for someone who really has their act together? Someone who has their time well-managed, is focused, works out, has ambitions, eats right. Not necessarily success, but there's a kind of ...
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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Euphemism for "kiss"

I am trying to use kiss as a verb, but with non-romantic connotations. I want it to express someone's reverence and longing after another person, in a context like: In spirit, he was __________ [...
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Is there a verb meaning to accompany a superior person to help him/her through out his/her travel?

I tried to find the verb for the action of a person traveling along with a superior person (in rank or age) to help throughout the journey. I couldn't find out one. Example: Jack _____ his mom to ...
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Word describing the act of giving someone false confidence

I'm having trouble coming up with a word. I need to know what word describes the act of giving someone false confidence. An example would be... Someone made a batch of home brewed beer and gave it to ...
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Is there a single word for " the first thing to consider is"?

Is there a single word or idiom for " the first thing to consider is"?
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Is there a word to describe a 'fork-tongued' shape?

For example, in the image below (the green shape), what is this called? It is like the bottom of a traditional bookmark, the ribbon of a medal, or a snake's forked tongue. Does anybody know if there ...
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A proper computer term for a third level folder

In this example path c:\abc\def\ghi the def is a subfolder of c:\abc But is ghi also a subfolder of abc? Or would it be more correct to say that ghi is a recursive subfolder of abc? I know that the ...
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'Multiplied' but for feelings

For example: As victims read and reread cyberbullying messages, their feelings are ____. What verb can be used for emotions, instead of multiplied?
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Alternative term(s) for 'not my family', 'not my kin'?

I am looking for a term that describes not-family, or not kin. Other than not-family and not-kin. Ideally a term without a negation (not, no, non, sans...). War and especially genocide is preceded by ...
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Which one is more correct, "White-eye Man" or “White-Eye Man”?

My son loves white-eyes, a kind of bird,very much. He wants name his storybook like spider man or iron man, so he decides to name it “white-eye man”. I am not quite sure which one is correct if it is ...
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Word for the noise made by a propeller airplane passing overhead?

What is the onomatopoeic word for the noise made by a small twin prop airplane passing overhead? For the story I'm writing, it's it's a small twin engine airplane flying nearby. So either a buzz nor ...
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Thinking same about something [closed]

What we can say in words for thinking same about something
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What's a good categorical term for either Start or End? [closed]

I'm modeling something in software and I need to refer to either the start or the end of something, so I'm looking for a term that can refer to the category of those two things. As an example of an ...
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Words in Sequence Sharing the Same Root

I am trying to figure out what to call these phenomena. For example, a sentence containing the words "specific specifications" or "participants participate", etc. Is there a word to describe this in ...
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What is the term to describe a person who answers a question with irritability?

I am looking for a very particular expression (I believe it is a two word expression/description or, perhaps, what is known as a "coined phrase") that describes a person who responds to a question ...
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What is the terminology for the states of network connectivity?

When describing the connectivity of a system to a network, are there unambiguous terms for if a member of the network should/can communicate over the network? Network Communicable Can Cannot Should ...
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Looking for a slang term to describe the act of picking valuable minerals from mining tailings

Someone once saw me picking out cashews from a bowl of mixed nuts and said I was [forgotten slang verb here]. I asked what that verb meant and she explained that it was a slang term that miners used ...
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Word for when a commodity [oil] stops being EASY to extract/produce although there's still plenty left and production has not "peaked"

In the video lecture "The End of the Age of "Easy Oil" Part I" (at 9:46), he says: Further, the term "peak oil" isn't very useful or even important. Industry apologists ...
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Does there exist word like “bloomic” in English language? [closed]

I’ve seen this word bloomic as someone’s Instagram username.
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Is there a word for making one's self better by looking at other people's worse problem?

Schadenfreude is not the word I'm looking for. Here's some context, I lost $1000 from a scam in cryptocurrency yesterday, but to cope up, I just tell myself, "It's a huge amount of money for me, ...
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Word for when someone tries to be attractive but fails

I was reading a book when I saw this word, and when I searched for it, the definition was along the lines of 'when someone tries to be attractive but fails'. I don't know if I'm remembering it ...
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What is a single word that describes "(excessive) human desire for external validation" (i.e., popularity)?

For example, excessive human desire for sex is lust, and the excessive human desire for food is gluttony; however, pride does not quite describe the human desire for external validation rather it ...
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Word for a festival of mourning (or a festival of commemoration of a sorrowful event or incident)

In Persian, we have a word 'جشنواره' (Jashn-Vareh) [in which Jashn means Celebration and Vareh indicates some type of gathering] that its English translation is Festival. Conversely, we have another ...
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Is there a word stronger than "promote" but weaker than "enforce" in a technical context? Maybe "force"?

Context: Scientific paper targeting at computer scientists, engineers and mathematicians I am searching for a word similar to "promote", "push", "force", "enforce&...
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Idiom for spending too much time on a single topic? [duplicate]

Is there an idiom (or just an adjective) for spending too much time on a topic? What about saying the same thing over and over again in different ways? Example: "We don't need to keep talking ...
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Is there a word for people who are afraid of change?

We would like to know if there is a single word to describe fear of change. Bob did not like change, he was a _____.
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What is a one-word opposite of "submerged" in the physical sense

I'm looking for a one-word opposite of "submerged". The context is a study where I'm looking into species that live below the surface and thus can be conveniently labeled as "Submerged" in my plot. ...
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The opposite of reclined?

I'm aware of the difference between Prone vs. Supine vs. Prostrate, but I'm trying to find the opposite of the related word 'reclined'. Every web or dictionary search brings up 'upright' as the ...
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I am looking for a term for someone who points out problems in a positive way

I saw a similar question but that is very negative: Is there a word for someone who tends to find faults in others? I am looking for a term for someone who has the skills to determine the main ...
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What is the equivalent word to oenology for the study of, knowledge of or expertise in alcoholic drinks and making them?

Apologies in advance, I am no linguist and don't know the proper terminology for things. I am looking for a collective word to describe someone who is interested in alcohol, makes cocktails, brews, ...
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Good word for "a request that can't be refused"?

Is there a good word for describing "a request that cannot be refused"? For example, the context I'm thinking about is a situation where your boss "requests" that you work overtime ...
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How to describe the relation between buying an asset and selling it by a noun? [closed]

How can I describe the direction(?) of an order (as in buy bitcoin or sell bitcoin) as a noun in a finance related context. What comes to my mind: Order direction Order type (I like this one, but I ...
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Is there a noun for "touch" or "move" when they mean "to stir one's emotions or feelings" in particular context (instead of other definition)?

I have just been learning English for a short time, and I find a phenomenon that there tends to be a corresponding noun for every word related to emotion, such as "amaze" and "amazement&...
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Word for the texture of a weathered rock?

I'm looking for either a word or phrase of when a rock has been weathered by sea water and has become very rough - to the point where its texture is so dangerous and pointy that it just cuts through ...

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