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 instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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It's more than just propinquity

Is there a term for the mutual romantic affection for another person that develops as a result of continued or repeated proximity or encounters. I was hoping that "propinquity" would cover that effect,...
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Single word for delaying an unpleasant task

I'm looking for a single word that means delaying an unpleasant task, or perhaps delaying a task to the point in which delaying became unpleasant (or noticeably excessive). Postponing is not a good ...
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Word for sudden energy drop after success

Recently, I've been working on a large project that required learning and collating lots of new data. It's been a big challenge with several unexpected turns, so it has been dominating my thoughts ...
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What is the term for paint which is suitable for our skin?

Like paints which are ok to eat are called edible paints. What is the term we can use for paints which are suitable for our skin?
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Is “strategization” a word, or is there something more correct/appropriate?

Is strategization a word? As in: We noticed flaws in their accounting department so the project will include a QuickBooks strategization. [EDIT] As @tchrist points out, this isn't the best ...
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Is there a specific term for those words that are phoneticised letters of the English alphabet?

This post Phoneticised alphabet letters refers to "initialisms," a term that describes a word that has been formed by phoneticizing a set of initials that is in common usage, such as "emcee" or "...
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What is the adjective that describes the way someone speaks as if it was obvious?

This is my first post so please tell me if I am making any mistakes. I am searching for the word that can be used in a format similar to this: "asdf," he said in a _____ way. or "asdf," he said ...
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How would you describe a mnemonic that works against you?

I was looking for a mnemonic recently and realised that a lot of the suggestions I came across were actually making me remember the term incorrectly. As a simple example, if someone asked for a ...
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What term means someone with no tact?

Is there a term to describe someone with no tact, someone who frequently says things that offend others? Malicious intent it not necessary, but a lack of awareness. Sample sentence: Sally is a ___ ...
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What is the sarcastic English word to describe a highly paid job? [duplicate]

What is the sarcastic English word to describe a highly paid job but with no responsibilities?
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Word to describe a product that has a defect but was approved by a manager?

In a quality control form I'm working on, there are 4 types of results for a product test: All quality requirements are attended (Approved); There is a minor defect in the product (Approved with ...
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How can I rephrase this sentence to emphasize the underlying statement?

What are the better ways to describe a happy person -> (meaning someone who has everything he needs) and opposite of that misery (but not quite) -> (meaning someone who is alive but living in hell) ...
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Word or term for contentment, balance, wellness, good health, at home

Looking to uncover a word or term that embodies this spirit, but is not so literal. That evokes a sense of “what is it”, what will I discover in the place. A place to achieve this sense of well-...
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A person who has no way to escape is in a _______ situation [closed]

Suppose a well is in front of a person and a ditch behind him. He is in danger of falling into any one of the two. There is no way to escape for him because he has to go a head despite the ...
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What is a good alternative for “Date” when talking about range of years?

I need to design a table where one of the columns is the range of years. The range of years denote when someone was working in a specific city. For example, Date Location --------- -------- ...
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Word meaning “asymmetry” but with positive connotation

What is a word that means "asymmetry" or "asymmetrical" that has a positive connotation? "Harmony" comes to mind, but seems like a glancing shot. If anything, it indirectly implies an asymmetry. ...
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Name of Introductory Text Before a Section of Text

In a structured document, with sections, parts, and possibly subsections, is there a word, or prefix, or construction, to identify the introduction before a section or a subsection? For instance, for ...
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What is the word for being too greedy for money? [duplicate]

I need a word that implies a person's insatiable hunger for more than required wealth Something like "hoard" or "more than required" but not quite
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An umbrella word for “Format”, “Derived value”, “Normalized value”, “Map”

My software shows tabular data to a user. It is possible to choose which columns to show and which to hide. Some columns may have dependent columns which are essentially the original column but ...
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What is the word that shares meaning with “mausoleum” but sounds like 'chartomb' (/tʃaːtuːm/)?

Example sentence: In 1984 the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) successfully constructed a General Electric nuclear boiling water reactor about 60 miles east of New York City. However, ...
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A word(?) on giving something a different name on media to make it more acceptable? [duplicate]

Is there a word or a phrase that has to do with renaming an act (that is deemed morally questionable) so that it may seem more neutral and therefore acceptable to the general public? It has nothing to ...
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What is a word for a mixed-species group of animals?

We have words like flock, gaggle, herd, and bevy for groups of animals of the same species. Is there a word for a group of animals of mixed species? Something like, "I have a [word] of geese, goats, ...
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What term is used for the type of music that evokes a strong picture?

Some songs, such as Rodeo by Aaron Copland and Symphony No. 1 by Daniel Bukvich can evoke strong images in listener's ears. Rodeo has listeners imagining a wild west setting while Symphony No. 1 ...
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What is the one word for loss in trade / bad deal?

What is the one word for a deal that will end in loss for sure for example a teenager doing drugs over studies is a sure loss to him how do I say that ? He will regret is one way , but my point is to ...
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What is the type of English used in the King James Bible called?

In the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, there is a distinct type of English present (this passage from Job 1:7-12): And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the ...
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Phrase or expression for “sending a message to the wrong recipient” in chat

Is there a short phrase or expression for sending a message in the wrong place, when chatting online? When (text) chatting online, there can be times when someone inadvertently sends something that ...
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Single noun meaning “having quality of artistic value/merit”

Best word I could come up was "provocativeness", but I don't exactly like it. I don't think art has to be provocative. Well, the best art is probably provocative, but i.e. picture on a book cover ...
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A word for a person who looks evaluates jewels for their authenticity and purity

In everyday spoken English, what do you call a person to whom you take your ornaments or jewels and he tells you whether or not the ornaments or the jewel are real, and also how pure the jewel is? It'...
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Is there a word for the moment before something irreversible happens? [closed]

Imagine you are about to do something that will impact you greatly, for better or worse. is there a word that captures the feeling, of being at the cusp of a great event that is not necessarily good ...
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What is an unsatisfied man called? [closed]

What is a person who has achieved many things but he thinks that he has achieved a little but needs to achieve a lot more called? He is neither depressed nor ambitious.I would like to have the ...
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Bear-charming technique has had ____ influence on tourism industry

Bear-charming technique has had ____ influence on tourism industry. I think there is a common choice of adjective with a meaning similar to expansive, widespread, or all-reaching used in this context ...
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What's the opposite of telemetry? [closed]

The word is derived from Greek the roots tele, "remote", and metron, "measure". So what word is opposite?
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What adjectives or phrases are more wrathful than 'evenly matched'?

"evenly matched" feels too even, thus even-tempered, thus peaceable, restful. I'm looking for more forceful, ireful synonyms that can be a one-word adjective that replaces "evenly matched", or a verb ...
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What one-word adjective describes a dilemma that can go, or be decided, either way?

I.e. what one-word adjective can replace the bolded verb phrases below : was + ____ ? Jonathan M. Cohen. Inside Appellate Courts: The Impact of Court Organization on Judicial Decision Making in the ...
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Looking for a word that describes a word with a positive connotation substituted for a negative word

So I was watching Life with Lisa Ling, the episode about sugar daddies (lol). Almost every other "sugar baby" used the word "mentor" instead of "sugar daddy". What do you call the word (with positive ...
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Dull, but delightful

This is gonna bother me because I know the word is escaping me, but I believe there's a word in english language that expresses something to the effect of "this is a [trying to convey dull/pedestrian ...
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the similarity between polymath and polypoints?

the similarity between polymath and polypoints? Polypoints are the floater,the dimensional points on a 3D graphic software.
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The person version of second country [closed]

The person version of second country Like average looking, average money, average car, average house... Not best of me. Not just about money Sum of living in the middle How to call this? Edit: It'...
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Using a word tautology

Per Google "tautology" is an expression or phrase that says the same thing twice, just in a different way. Can it be applied to a public discussion of proposed project that lasts several month where ...
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What is it called when someone argues with statement's that only ever imply they said it?

Example. Person A. % + # is 2 Person B. I'm not so sure it is. Person A. So you don't think it's 2? Person B. there are a lot of factors we don't know yet. Person A. All the evidence is inferring ...
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Word that describes an argument but particularly one of a savage, uncivil nature?

I'm looking for a word that means an uncivil argument. Particularly one that would evoke images of aggression and vulgar word usage with no self control. I realize that I could just describe it like ...
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What is it called when someone asks for an opinion that almost everyone asked is going to have the same answer on?

For example, if someone said, "Who here agrees that cookies are amazing?" on a Youtube channel section for a video that is centered around baking cookies. My brain keeps jumping to the word truism, ...
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dirty mind ,dirty action and dirty people [closed]

What word to use to mean dirty mind ,dirty action and dirty people? Something long as it don't get close to me, or don't happen to me or don't do something to me, I will be fine. Example: No matter ...
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Term for street meant for cars and pedestrians

Is there a term for a street that has no adjoining sidewalk and is instead intended (the street itself) for vehicles and pedestrians to share? Such a thing is called a רחוב הולנדי, literally a Dutch ...
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Is there a word for the sum of society's law, moral value and personal beliefs?

Is there a word for the sum of society's law, moral value and personal beliefs? a word if I do it, I can't be wrong, won't go to jail. Like no stealing, no raping, no bullying family members,stay ...
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Word or phrase for turning the tide against a rival in a competition in the last moments

I'm sure there's a more specific word/phrase for moments like in a soccer match when the loser team which is, say, two scores behind, scores 3 points in the last ten minutes to turn an almost certain ...
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Is there a single-word verb equivalent to “make something more professional”?

I am an employee at a non-profit start-up that makes scholastic chess tournaments more professional. For example -- we provide all equipment a professional chess tournament would have (e.g. DGT ...
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Antonym of “color blind”? [closed]

What is the antonym of "color blind"? We do not assume that our customers are _____. After all, 5% of our potential customers are color blind.
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Word for eyes “pleading for approval”

I would like to know a word/phrase that can be used to describe the eyes of a person seeking/pleading approval. Similar to the colloquial usage 'puppy eyes'. Sample usage: Her mother insisted on ...
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Word for someone who makes you feel good about yourself [closed]

I'm looking for a word that would describe someone who is really good at making others feel good about themselves. Someone who is always bringing others up and who is kind and genuine.