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Is there a word equivalent to "sighting" but for hearing?

I'm trying to write a sentence like Nobody goes near the caves because of monster noises. "Nobody goes near the caves because of monster sightings" doesn't work because people have not ...
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Is there a word that describes the group of words used to describe familial relations?

I'm not at all sure if such a word exists, but I feel like it has to. I think my title was enough, but to make it clearer when I say familial relationship words, I mean words like dad, uncle, niece, ...
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Looking for a translation for the German "hellhörig"/"ringhörig"

The German adjective "hellhörig" (sometimes also "ringhörig") describes a badly or insufficiently soundproofed building or room; i.e. being able to hear your neighbors through the ...
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Ad hominem for non persons

An ad hominem argument is typically, according to Wikipedia, "a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some other attribute of the person making an argument ...
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Term for a particular or general skill that needs to be improved and acted on?

Is there a term for a particular or general skill, possibly part of a skill-set, that needs to be improved and acted on? It's at the tip of my tongue... I don't think it would be "incapabilities&...
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What is a term for "fear of very large enclosed spaces"?

I'm intrigued by a hybrid of "agoraphobia" (which would be more accurately referred to as "kenophobia") and "claustrophobia," described by H. P. Lovecraft like this: Of ...
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The state of not knowing and/or ignoring each other

I'm looking for a word that expresses the state of not knowing and/or ignoring each other. In a blog post, I've found the term Principle of Mutual Oblivion. This is supposed to be a rule in software ...
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Word for 'of or related to division'

I'm writing a program with a numeric parser. The operations involved are multiplying, dividing, squaring, and cubing. In order to define what kind of objects can be multiplied, divided, etc with what,...
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Word that means replacing bad things with good things

I'm looking for an existing word that roughly means "the process or idea of replacing bad/negative elements/deeds with good/positive elements/deeds, such as when a negative thing is eliminated at ...
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Is there one noun to describe "getting a person to do what you want by threatening to replace them"?

I need one noun to describe "getting a person to do what you want by threatening to replace them". I checked the meaning of coercion but it says both force and threatening. First I don't ...
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Is there a term for minor "additional" lyrics in songs?

Many songs have "minor" phrases added in - either officially or in common practice - at the ends of lines, which comment on the lyrics but can be left out without affecting the lyrics' ...
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What's the term for a line of dialog that is repeated later in a different context, especially as a clever retort?

What's the term for a line of dialog that is repeated later in a different context? Christopher Nolan seems to be fond of these lines. In Batman Begins, Ra's first says: Always mind your surroundings ...
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Is there a term for words that are stronger than a similar counterpart? (e.g. Dislike vs. Hate)

Title says it all, but some more examples could be: like vs love pleasure vs euphoria carelessness vs apathy etc. ...essentially words that carry more weight than their counterpart despite having ...
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What's the word for the emotion when someone's suspicion that another person made a bad decision is confirmed?

I'm a native English speaker, but I'm drawing a blank on how to describe this complicated exchange of situational emotions in words. Maybe someone can help. I'll just illustrate the situation with a ...
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A synonym for 'granular' / 'fine-grained'

As others have noted for at least a decade, 'granular' has become clichéd in business jargon for 'fine-grained' or just 'precise.' I'm seeking a word or term (there must be one...) that sounds a ...
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What are these kinds of classifications called?

While browsing EL&U I sometimes see people pointing out in their answer that some words have been used in an unusual way (or should I call it structure?), producing sentences like "the writer ...
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Collective term for uncountable nouns for places, like "hospital", "school", "prison", "court", "church"?

Certain nouns for places, locations or buildings seem to have idiomatic uncountability. This blog lists a couple of those. Idiomatic uses: Home / town: No article precedes ‘home’ unless you add ...
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Is there a word for the object being cloned?

I was talking to a friend about various operations around cloning digital objects and we invented the word clonee for the object being cloned. Obviously we used the word clone / clones to refer to ...
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What is the word for discrimination based on nationality?

Discrimination based on race is racism, discrimination based on sex is sexism. However, discrimination based on nationality is not nationalism because nationalism is pride for your country. Here are ...
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Is there a word to describe names that have no meaning but take on meaning over time for example "Google"?

Sometimes we create names for things that are just meaningless identifiers, the only example that springs to mind is "Google". That "Google" originally had no meaning may be ...
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Is there a term for an intentional, pleasing juxtaposition of elements?

I made a paper plane out of airplane documents. There's something satisfying about combinations like this, but I've never been able to locate a word that captures the concept: It has the same feeling ...
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Word for an all seeing society/government type

I'm looking for a word to mean a society or government type where everything is visible or known to everyone, similar to omniscient. For example, if everyone (including government) can see everything ...
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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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Inverse of "Decimate" (not really a duplicate)

Historically, the word "decimate" means to "reduce/ destroy by one tenth"... i.e., a decimated army of 100 soldiers would have lost 10 soldiers. Is there a word that means the ...
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Word for a baby who was birthed by parents who were considerably older

A singular term for a baby who was birthed by parents who were considerably older (like 45 to 70)? Apparently I'm being pressed to give a "sample sentence" so here it is... "My third son John is not ...
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Is there a term for when we're okay with criticism from "one of our own."

If you think about within a family, for example, everyone might talk very negatively with a specific criticism about a certain family member and all is good. But then the moment that family member's ...
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Is there a verb (or group of verbs) to describe someone saying "hmm"?

I'm looking for a verb to replace someone uttering "hmm" or "mmh" or any of its variations. I found this related question (The origin of 'hmm') that hints that "hum&...
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What do you call a fire panel with tools?

In Russia we have these "fire panels": So, they have tools like a bucket and a spade, so you can dig up some sand with the spade in the summer and extinguish the fire with it. Or in winter you can ...
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What would you call someone who constantly is thinking of all scenarios/possibilities/outcomes?

If someone is the type of person who goes into a situation or conversation and before stepping in thinks of all the different things that could happen and how they would respond. Example: If they ...
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Is there a single adjective equivalent to "oddly satisfying"?

I came across this typescale pictured below, and found the curve it makes to be quite satisfying in a way that reminded me of those "oddly satisfying" videos that go viral every now and then. It made ...
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Is there a word/phrase to describe a person "who hates someone rather than hate their views"?

Let's say there is a person called X. X is a good person, in general. He has a problematic view about something, let's say, homophobia. So, here is the conversation between Y and Z. Y: X is ...
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Type of clause question ?

No matter what they say about him, it's false. introductory phrase followed by comma and it's false. So is the whole sentence acting as the main clause in these constructions ? It's false can't ...
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Term for competition where time difference of two rounds should be zero

There is a type of competition where you walk or run (or even cycle) two rounds in a predefined course, and the purpose is to use the exact same time in both rounds. You will get a penalty equal to ...
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What's the name of the style of 3-8 lowercase letters in programming?

If you go on GitHub, so many of the project names are 3-8 lowercase letters. So many directories of those projects are 3-8 lowercase letters. In the base level directory of most unix OS's, the ...
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is there a word or phrase meaning "to falsely believe one's opinion/feedback is being considered"?

Here is an example: In a conversation, one is asked their opinion regarding a decision, but the decision has already been made—so the individual being asked is led to believe (falsely) that their ...
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A thing whose name is hard to track down

Is there a word/phrase for a thing whose name is hard to track down? Sometimes there is a concept which I believe must have a name, but I can't find that name; it's hard to track down ; I don't know ...
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Word meaning anthropomorphize, but specifically regarding sexual characteristics?

To anthropomorphize is "to attribute human personality or form to things not human." [Merriam-Webster] Is there a word that means "to attribute human sexual traits to things not human?" Think Bugs ...
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Is there a word for the fear that one might be a hypochondriac?

This seems like a fundamental thing that would have a word for it—oftentimes one worries about a health condition, but then one is afraid to get it looked into as one is afraid of being a ...
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Antonym for "infix" ("outfix"?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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Word for a post-meeting 'justified prejudice'?

I am looking for a word which ultimately explains a dislike/hatred of a group of people, but unlike a prejudice can be justified through prior experiences and is potentially considered acceptable to ...
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Adverb for a third of a year

Similar to Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months) Are there any words to describe a trimester as an adverb? The only one I've seen is triannually (in the link above) which is a ...
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What can I substitute for "A perfect example for this is"

I need a more sophisticated way of starting a sentence that uses soccer as a perfect example of an ancestral sport from china which evolved.
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Synonym for Medium

I'm looking for a synonym for the word "medium". More precisely: The word will be used within the realm of mathematical modeling. My Question: Can I use the expressions "a porous medium&...
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What is or would be an appropriate word to describe people deriving purpose from conflict?

If you’ve seen Apocalypse Now, Restrepo or Hurt Locker, they’re all to some degree about soldiers who found more meaning/purpose from being in a state of war/conflict than being at peace. Is there an ...
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What could be one word for time off for family/personal work?

What could be a word/one word and slang for a time-off period, that someone took for his personal/family work? i.e. I took time-off from office to do some personal work, household chores. The word ...
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Simpler synonym for serial monomania

I read a book years ago in which one character described another succinctly in one or maybe two words. Sadly, the book was lost in a flood and I cannot recall the vocabulary used. Nor can I recall ...
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What is a good alternative for “stand in”?

I'm writing a sentence that currently reads: The question "What do you do" can be a proxy for a person's value. I'm sure that proxy doesn't fit but I'm trying to find a way to say that a person's ...
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Word for a gift or debt that is so great it is not repayable

I’m looking for the word that describes a gift or debt that is so great it is not repayable (such as a parent’s gift of life. The child can never equally repay that). When I was in university, I ...
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Word that describes the practice of "expressing a feeling/assessment by first denying that feeling/assessment"

I'm looking for a single word that describes the practice of "expressing a feeling/assessment by first denying that feeling/assessment". Here is an example of that practice: "I'm not saying you're ...
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What is a sibling that comes long after all the other siblings called?

I belive there's a word for this, as I've heard it before, but I can't think of it. If a sibling comes many years after the rest of the pack, what is set sibling called? It doesn't need to be one word,...
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