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What is the word for someone that is both good and bad at the same time?

With a single word, how do you describe a person who has both great and bad qualities? They are not solely good or pure, but they're also not bad people. They have both positive and negative qualities....
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Word for object that exists in a duration of time [closed]

I want an adjective for an object for something that exists in a duration of time and not just in an instant or forever. Does such a word exist?
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Is there any word or phrase for “which was back then”?

The first time I worked with the Internet was about 30 years ago. I was curious enough to care about something which was back then so new and fascinating. I kind of remember that there was a word or ...
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Registration station

I am trying to come up with the English word for this place. Place description: Someone is typing their name and select items that they borrow on a mounted device, to the wall or the floor. Then later,...
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One word for when someone does something bad to you or anyone else for first time without any provocation

IDK if there's already a word that can be used to describe the event/person when someone does something bad to you or anyone else first time, out-of-blue and without provocation and then you had to ...
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Is there a name for when instead of saying 'you' you say the name of the person you're talking to?

Let's say you're talking to Sarah and you make her upset so you say to her "I would hate to make Sarah upset." Is there a term for using 'Sarah' instead of the usual 'you' here?
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Using the word “Triumphant” [migrated]

Let’s say the outcome of focusing on quality over quantity produced a better result. Is it correct to say that “Quality is still the triumphant factor of ensuring consumer’s trust”?
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Looking for a word to describe "all" of a given book: all printings, all editions, etc [closed]

So I've come across this problem when constructing a database schema. So an individual book is a book ("copy 101 of the first printing of the first edition of Catcher in the Rye"). An ...
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Describe someone/entity who acted carelessly because of success

I need an idiom, phrase, or word that describes someone/entity who acts carelessly based on success. I am trying to write a paper on the US 2008 financial crisis. Quick overview: Banks handed out ...
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Is there a word/phrase for the feeling when you realize something that should have been obvious?

I've been working on a research problem for several weeks. The details aren't important, but basically I've been trying all kinds of advanced math and physics tricks to solve a particular system. Then ...
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What word describes the use of letter casing to stylize a brand name?

For example, a company might use any of: thecompany Thecompany TheCompany THeCompany .. to refer to themselves. I remember learning at one point that there's a term to describe the stylized ...
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What is a word for difficult to shelf?

I'm trying to express that a certain item's geometric design makes it difficult to shelf, which is why it is often hanged instead. But it is not however "unshelfable". How can I say "...
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Is there a word for the patches of forest without significant understory?

I am writing a story set mostly in a forest. One of the major location types in this story are the small patches of the forest that are dominated by the trees, and have a minimal amount of understory, ...
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Word or phrase for the realisation of belonging to a social group/subculture?

I am researching the impacts of the Roaring Twenties. I feel one of its biggest impacts was impressing into Americans that they were each part of a social group or subculture, however niche. For ...
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An exclamation for “this is what I was looking for”?

I am looking for an exclamation for a situation like the following: You are disappointed for what there is or you already have, and then you unexpectedly find/discover something that is so different ...
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What is a word that means "after the next" or double subsequent? [duplicate]

Let's say that in footnote 20 I would like to refer to footnote 21. Then I could just say "see next footnote for excerpts." What if I wanted to reference footnote 22? Then I could reference ...
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Word for both position and time

Is there an English word that describes a point in both space and time? If we consider only space, it would be "position" or "location" and if we consider only time it would be &...
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Friendlier alternative to 'dogpile'

In a programming context, I want to use the term 'dogpile' like 'Let's all dogpile on this latest change, document what bugs exists and fix them'. ie. A group effort of everyone focusing on one ...
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Is there a word that refers specifically to lizard-skinned winged quadrupeds that breathe fire? [closed]

The word 'dragon' is usually used to refer to the sort of animal I wish to describe, but throughout the relevant work I have been creating I have used this word in another sense, namely to refer to ...
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What is the word to express the fact that 'it will not require doing something'?

Creating a spare disk will 'x' the need for more disk space. What is the replacement for 'x' — I can think of 'prevent', 'negate', 'skip', but I am looking for a better word to convey that 'it will ...
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Is there a word for people who revel in freebies that isn't pejorative?

I was looking for a word for someone that is really into getting free things, that doesn't necessarily carry a negative connotation. I'd describe them as: that person that shows up to random ...
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What is the term for phrases that are compound adjectives, similar to "come-hither look", "high-school-teaching voice"? [duplicate]

I know the etymology, and although it's listed as a noun, merriam-webster tells me the definition, but I want to know the name of this sort of adjective. Wiktionary has it grouped as English ...
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What's the word for when someone selectively chooses the statements said to them to take and use deceitfully? [duplicate]

It’s when someone selectively chooses the statements said to them to take and use deceitfully. Example: Person A: You do so and so all the time and it’s annoying! Person B: I don’t do it all the time ...
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An alternative to Hypocrisy to describe dissonance in an individual's reactions [closed]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that can be used to accurately describe a person whose reaction to\or opinions of two different situations is the opposite of what you might expect, and out of all ...
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Is there an expression for ‘bad news’ when meant literally for negative news we get from the media?

We are checking bad news every day. Should we constantly be informed about all that _______ ? I need an idiom or expression for a context like the above.
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A word for a state that changes regularly and consistently

What would be the word (or phrase) to describe a state that changes consistently and regularly? Specifically, I'm referring to a type of network connection that turns on and off at regular intervals (...
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need a short idiom/phrase or word for two people/things that are complete opposites

I am trying to describe two people with opposite personalites and the sentence is structured so that I need the idiom/phrase to act like an adjective. The sentence is "... events of the summer ...
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Literary/poetic way of saying hello [closed]

I have heard farewell as an old-fashioned or formal form of goodbye. But what can I say instead of hello? As far as I know, the word, greetings, can be used instead of hello, but I am not sure it is a ...
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What is the native word for describing an expression or gesture

What will be the perfect word for expressing huff, pride or sulking like when children angry with their parents and sit in the corner and don't want to talk with them . What word generally a native ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe people who blindly support someone, no matter what wrong they do?

Certain toxic people have the skill of destroying relationships or using powerful people or a network of people to exact vengeance on someone, and then pretending that they are innocent. The pretence ...
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What is a good verb to be used with ‘possibilities’ in this context? [closed]

After showing all the restrictions, I will investigate the possibilities that still … for activism. The verbs coming to my mind are hold and maintain. But I don’t know if these are good choices, and ...
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Word request for a in-game page

So I'm playing a video game,the gameplay is similar to that of street fighter where I just control one fighter and try to defeat the opponents. When the fight is over, whether I won or not, a ...
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Shorter word for "Uncanny person"? (New Zealand english) [closed]

As the title stated it's a simple question but to elaborate a bit more by giving a example... I was watching a harmless video from YouTube via. The Short feature where two girls stated they "...
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A word or fixed expression to describe "an important event or trial in life where whatever decision one takes will determine their whole future"? [duplicate]

I am looking for a word (noun, adjective ... even an idiomatic phrase ... it is irrelevant) that describes an important event or trial period in one's life, that whatever decisions they make and what ...
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need an idiom or phrase that means "you're up early"

I am writing a screenplay and one of the characters picks up the phone and says "you're up early" but I need something to replace it. It doesn't have to be a real idiom or commonly used ...
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What do you call a flat with a small yard with no roof?

So I want to bring my dog with myself traveling and I don’t keep my dogs in closed areas with a roof, because he doesn’t like it. So I always look for renting flats with small yards which are not ...
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Word for count of undesirable events

TLDR: name for count of hiccups? I'm trying to find a short¹ word for the count of undesirable events, up to some number of experiments, and tending to increase with the number of experiments as ...
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What do you call someone or something that generates insights?

What is the appropriate word for someone (or something) that gives you insights? Example sentences for context: Ann is our best ???. She always provides us with amazing insights. This software is a ...
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Is there a word for being completely drained of breath?

I was singing and at the end of a long phrase I felt like I had expelled every last drop of breath in my body. Is there a word for that? Example sentence: Wow, that phrase completely _____ me. I was ...
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English word for data files that have duration

Do we have any English word for data files that have duration? More specifically I'm looking for a word to distinguish data files like sounds or videos (that have a duration) from data files like ...
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Asking a debate participant for consent to use their audio recordings, video recordings, debate notes etc for educational purposes, [duplicate]

If I'm asking a debate participant for consent to use their audio recordings, video recordings, debate notes etc for educational purposes, what word or expression would cover all the above? Can I use ...
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Looking for a word meaning "to map out in order to make sense out of" [closed]

How would you call the process of dividing something into smaller groups with the aim of understanding the subject better? E.g. the botanists divide genera of plants into species in order to ...
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What's the word for the activity of distorting video/voice records to trick people?

What is the activity of distorting video clips or voice records in an editing program so as to trick people? (For instance, adding a sound into a voice record which was not there in the original.) ...
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Is there an English synonym for 'temporarily-attached'? [duplicate]

Are there words in English that are synonyms for temporarily-attached? For instance in the sentence: I will be temporarily attached to the XYZ group for two weeks. Note that this question is different ...
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Word describing that something is a characteristic unique to something else. Used with +to

I've lost an English word that is usually used with "to", and that means: "is a unique characteristic of something", or "is used only in connection with something". We ...
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What's the appropriate verb for "Raising a pet and taking care of it" [closed]

I've always been searching for a good meaningful VERB for that i can't find, wherever i go .... is there any word that can help me? it's not like "Raising a Dog" even if it's informal ! HELP ...
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I need a word whose meaning is somewhere on the spectrum between 'too scared' and 'too dumb'. Or a phrase/idiom

The sentence (from a screenplay) writes: "Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re not able to buy your own high" I want to replace the words "not able" with ...
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An informal term used for someone who has an affinity for American culture?

I came across the term in an online article, and it wasn't "Americanophile" : a person who greatly admires or favors America or things from American culture Merriam-Webster online Is ...
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Suggest a word for the dark side of "curiosity" [duplicate]

I am looking for a suitable term for "negative curiosity" that represents the concept of wandering and prying in the workplace. Is there a common word? For example, when an employee is ...
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What is the proper term for a "physical event"? [duplicate]

I want to express the idea that an event, which has been conducted as a virtual event for a while is now resuming back to a normal event where people actually meet. In other words, I want to emphasis ...
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