Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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What is the word for judging someone blindly?

Judging blindly- making assumptions or conclusions about a person without knowing them. This is usually based off stereotypes or other such things. I'm looking for a synonym for this or what you ...
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What do you call the art of 'proper' bearing? (French 'maintien')

An aristocrat, model, steward… will learn about walking, sitting, behaving, etc. according to a certain etiquette. I am not talking about protocol, conversation and etiquette in general - just the ...
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Word for how much of a professional?

I am looking for a word which refers to how much of a professional someone is in a particular domain or endeavor. For example, let's assume we're talking about playing the piano. The question might ...
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Word for pretending to be ignorant in order to avoid a responsibility

I once found a word I really liked, but forgot, this was a word used to describe a person who pretends not knowing or being incapable of understanding certain information in order to avoid a presumed ...
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Looking for a word that describes how words are mispronounced while singing for melodic purposes

The word for the phenomenon by which words are purposely mispronounced (vowels are exchanged within words) during singing for the purpose of prolonging melodic note sustain. For example: A singer may ...
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I need one word for “Real Stories”

I want to say Stories of goodwill or stories about goodwill, which is real and interesting. Need a strong word which sound good to ears
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Is there a readily-understandable antonym for “foundation”?

I'm trying to describe a process where there is one stage that serves as a foundation (base) for the intermediate stages, and then a final stage that serves as, well, the opposite. The idea is that ...
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What is the word that means “the feeling of the scene”?

i.e., the atmosphere, but in a more encompassing sense of things. The bustling sights, sounds, and scents, the sweet feeling of a day, a carnival on the plains at sunset. Or even a gestalt impression ...
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Word for how something works

I'm looking for a word for "how something works." Ex: Scientists have only partially grasped the physiological ________ of magnetoreception in animals. Ex: The _________ of neural networks in the ...
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What do you call a person who supports their government financially? [closed]

What do you call a person who supports his or her government financially? After I heard the word in Narcos season 1, I searched for the definition and found it. Now that I have forgotten the word, I ...
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Countable noun for someone who doesn't identify with an assigned culture

I know this topic has been popping up here and there. And a good thread was once here What do you call someone without a nationality? But I'd like to elaborate. How do you call someone who exists ...
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A single word that describes trying to obtain something you might not actually get?

I'm trying to retrieve an object so that I can use it. Normally I would use the word "get" here so I would end up with "get X". However, there is the possibility that my attempt to retrieve the ...
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Is there a word to describe a conversation long past saving?

What would be the right word or words to describe a conversation that has gotten so hopelessly confused and misunderstood that there is no hope of salvaging it?
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Is there a word for irrational doubt or lack of confidence?

A sample sentence would be "I have this lingering feeling of [irrational doubt] that's discouraging me from pursuing my goals. I've used Merriam Webster to search for synonyms for doubt but none ...
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Word for when you're looking for something and it's in your hand

What's the word for when you're looking for something and it's in your hand or in front of you? Examples: Looking for your phone and it's in your hand. I had put on my spectacles and I was looking ...
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What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?

What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?
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Word meaning one “half” of a dyad

I'm searching for a word that identifies one of the two "halves" of a dyad. The word "half" seems inappropriate because it suggests a whole that has been sundered. I've also considered "element," "...
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What nouns can be used to mean someone who is angrily inciting hatred in a public area against innocent people? [duplicate]

What nouns can be used to mean someone who is angrily inciting hatred in a public area against innocent people? I'm imagining a person who might stand on a raised platform in a town square addressing ...
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missing equivalent words [duplicate]

I note the discussion of the lack of female equivalent for uxorious. Is there any equivalent for avuncular?
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Single word for when you've just met someone but you experience a kind of sad nostalgia after they leave

What is a Single word for when you just met someone but you get kind-of a sad nostalgia after they left?
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Term for wanting something but not wanting to give something else up to have it

I have been trying to think of the word to describe wanting to have something while not being prepared to give up something else to have it. My example is, "a person wants to live closer to nature ...
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English word meaning single line of details on an invoice

An invoice consists of a header (customer, addres, date) and details (a list of purchased products). I am looking for a single English word meaning a single element from the list of purchased products ...
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Never showing any symptoms

I am looking for the word for someone who never shows any symptoms of a disease. I am not looking for the word asymptomatic. Asymptomatic is often used for people who initially display no symptoms ...
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Looking for a more general term for “humanize” or “make (an enemy) seem human”

When I want to describe two human characters who start out as enemies, but overcome their differences after e.g. talking or working together, I might describe this as, for example: When I saw him ...
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Whether “but” is used correctly?

In the following statement: Company databases are not immune to crashes or failures, but they do not have the luxury of downtime. Is "but" used correctly here? If I were the writer, I would write ...
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Illustrating “vicious”, “rapacious”, “ferocious” and “voracious”

As a non-native speaker who grew up in an area without dangerous animals, I find myself confused by the distinctions between these words: vicious rapacious ferocious - example voracious In the ...
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What's the term for a window cut into a hedge?

French derivation, I think. At first I thought "parterre" but that's not it. I'm thinking about a window or opening cut into a tall privet hedge, usually made of yew or laurel.
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How do you describe this body position?

My best guess is "man putting his hand on his head" but I know there's something less gothic than that.
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Are there words used within an ethnic community to refer to its members which are pejorative outside it?

While I was reading a couple articles with a similar type of idea, I wondered if there were some substitutes for "nigga" that other ethnicities than black people use? That is the word is supposed to ...
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Is there a single word that means “to add an amount to a running total”?

I'm trying to determine what word would best be used to indicate an instruction to, when someone comes across a number of things in a given situation, add the number there (maybe written, or it may ...
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The name of the area leading to a building's entrance

What are some names for the outside area of a building called, specifically the one leading to its entrance? I know the word "plaza" would come to mind but I'm thinking more of the steps, especially a ...
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Name for similar beginnings or endings exhibited by sets of nouns / compound nouns etc (not affixes) [closed]

I remember knowing a term for "beginnings or endings" that are similar in many words. Not suffixes or prefixes. I knew this term a long time ago but for some reason I can't recall it. I don't even ...
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What do you call a book that is in your hand?

I am trying to find words to describe two distinct entities related to books, but I guess I am struggling because English is not my native language. What do you call the concrete entity of a book, e....
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Formal or polite alternative for “f***ing around” [closed]

I want to tell my uncle that I am "f***ing around" but I certainly can't use the F word. I googled it but I didn't find the phrase/word I am looking for. I am wasting my time doing silly things and I ...
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A word for something that is “whole unto itself”

I'm looking for a single word, if it exists, to convey the meaning that a concept represents a whole unto itself, so that, even when divided, the results of such division are again whole entities of ...
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Preface/Appendix but for the middle of a document

I have a document with several numbered chapters. If I added extra information at the end of the document, I would call it an Appendix. However, what if I added a non-numbered chapter (for extra ...
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Adjective for a person saying “I told you so” [closed]

How might you describe someone who takes an enjoyment in saying "I told you so" after the fact? Let's say a friend gives you advice on a matter and you decide to go against it. Their advice turned ...
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Term for belief in the existence of souls

In English, is there a term that would describe: "the belief souls exist?"
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Is there a word for people who are oblivious of the atmosphere around them? [closed]

For example, is there a word to describe a little girl who just sits on the sofa watching tv happily while her parents are fighting — as though she were in her own "happy place" and behaving normally? ...
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I need help to find a word that's too long to describe in a title [duplicate]

Is there a word for a group of people that know they're doing something wrong, but they don't want to stop in fear of embarrassing themselves or letting their peers down? An example sentence would be ...
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what is a word that describes a group of related words

I am looking for a word that represents a group of words. In this case the group of words are meal types, like: dessert dinner feast picnic refreshment snack etc.. Is there a single word that ...
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Verb for “to become bog/marshland/swamp”

Is there a specific verb in English (perhaps come into the language from the northern Canadian wetlands?) which would describe the process of an area becoming bog / marshland / swamp (combined or ...
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What do you call a word that follows a punchline or a practical joke and is used to emphasize it?

Popular culture often has people use a specific kind of word to capitalize on a joke they've just told, or a prank they've pulled on someone. Examples of such exclamations would include hey-oh that ...
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The act of talking to somebody about the same thing over and over [duplicate]

What do I say for somebody keeps bringing up and talking into somebody's ear about the same topic again and again till he is fed up and finally agrees to it? Example: Mary's been [word or idiom] to ...
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Are there good alternatives to “making the best of a bad situation?”

Life is full of adversity, and people facing challenging life circumstances have to find a way to cope. I'm interested in single words, phrases, or idioms that capture coping strategies. For example: ...
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Time of day between morning and noon

My native language is German, and I also speak English quite well. But there is one thing that has puzzled me for years, and I still haven't found an answer. It's about the names of times during a ...
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A word for non-supernatural “superstitions”? [duplicate]

I’m talking about widely held beliefs that are perceived to be rooted in science or what is falsely believed to be rooted in science, but are perhaps overgeneralized or taken out of context to the ...
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How are AR devices called that are not dedicated to this task? [closed]

Hololens and HTC Vive etc are dedicated Augmented Reality devices. However there are AR applications for smartphones and tablets as well. How are devices called, whose primary purpose is not AR but ...
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What do you call this specific way of “running/jumping”?

I can't seem to come up with what this "way of running/jumping" is called. You start by standing straight, then bending the right leg, then jumping forward by using your right leg, then landing on ...