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    Help. Attempting to think of a word.

    OK so I've been trying to think of the word that goes with the situation and can't. Say you have a perfect situation such as in a book, where the characters have found what they think is a perfect life, yet there is something wrong with it. This may be because of their past actions or something of that nature but their perfect life or situation is somewhat lessened in perfection because of this one thing. This is the example that made me think of the word. We are reading the book The Kite Runner. In the book Amir finds the right girl and settles down but he can't have children, and this might be as a punishment for not standing up for his friend when they were little. Is there a word to describe the bad thing that happens to them to put a damper on their perfect situation? or am I just going crazy? my english teacher didn't know but I didn't know if you guys had any idea. i wanna say like it's a "reserve" or something like that but I don't think thats right.

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    he is impotent or has bad karma?

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    What you describe in the second half of the paragraph is karma. The first half of the paragraph describes something else and I'm not sure I have a good word for that.
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    word is witch hazel you

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    yeah sounds like "Utopia" in the begining, and "Karma" in the second part
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeGraft View Post
    word is witch hazel you
    Word is " trying to run up post count for some reason but just got his ass banned."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatred View Post
    Word is " trying to run up post count for some reason but just got his ass banned."
    That was 15 words.



    First word could be contrition, guilt, or something like that..... Second one sounds like karma.
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    could it be "reversal of fortune"?

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    Are you looking for the word for the one bad thing or the word for the situation where only one thing is wrong?

    The closest thing I can think of is "bane," but you are probably looking for something more specific.

    The definition of the word you are looking for would be something like: "the single ruiner of an otherwise perfect situation." Right?
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    He wants a word that means Catch-22/nirvana or flawed/paradise.
    But you need to specify if it is a word that means a perfect place with a flaw, or a perfect place that is not perfect because of a person's actions in the past.
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    paradoxical utopia for the first, karma for second. my guesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornholio View Post
    He wants a word that means Catch-22/nirvana or flawed/paradise.
    But you need to specify if it is a word that means a perfect place with a flaw, or a perfect place that is not perfect because of a person's actions in the past.
    this is exactly right

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    paradoxical utopia
    i also came up with this today and am just running with that
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    I hate to rain on someone else's parade without offering up a constructive suggestion myself, but you can't actually say "paradoxical utopia". There's nothing remotely paradoxical about the word utopia.

    Utopia = "no place", a wonderful magical land where everything is perfect and there are no worries/want/harm. No paradox there...

    I think you're looking for something closer to purgatory. He's locked in a world of his own guilt and shame, can see the pearly gates but can't quite get there, etc. etc.
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