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What is the word that means essential but in a negative sense?

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  1. hungry bird

    hungry bird New Member

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    What is the word that means essential but in a negative sense?
     
  2. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Necessary Evil.
     
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  3. Kasper Hviid

    Kasper Hviid Sage

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    fatal
    fateful
    terminal
    the last straw
    coup de grĂ¢ce
    fatality (Mortal Combat)
     
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  4. Aldarion

    Aldarion Inkling

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    What exactly do you mean by a "negative sense"? It could be "opposite of essential", or "essential but somehow damaging".
     
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  5. hungry bird

    hungry bird New Member

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    To clarify, Essential but somehow damaging is what im looking for, like insinuate and hint. :oops: Sorry about that
     
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  6. Aldarion

    Aldarion Inkling

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    Necessary evil, but that is a phrase. I am unaware of a word as such existing... though maybe someone who is a native speaker of English would know? Or not...
     
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  7. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Dependent, compulsory,
     
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  8. Aldarion

    Aldarion Inkling

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    Doesn't that just mean essenitail, though? Not that it is inherently damaging?
     
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  9. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Both have an inherently negative tone. Dependent focuses on the fact that the subject cannot be divorced from the thing it is tied to. Compulsory focuses on the inescapability of the thing.
     
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