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obloquy

\ˈä-blə-kwē\

D. verbal abuse or the disgrace that results from it (ob- against + loqui to speak)

E. a victim of hatred and obloquy

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obnoxious

\äb-ˈnäk-shəs\

D. offensive

E. He said some really obnoxious things about his ex-girlfriend at the party.

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obscure

D. dim; unclear

E. The movie is full of obscure references that only pop culture enthusiasts will understand.

4

obsequious

\əb-ˈsē-kwē-əs\

D. too submissive

E. She's constantly followed by obsequious assistants who will do anything she tells them to.

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obsession

\äb-ˈse-shən\

D. an idea that persists in the mind

E. She has an obsession about cleanliness.

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obsolete

D. out-of-date

E. no longer used

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obstreperous

\əb-ˈstre-p(ə-)rəs\

D. unruly

E. an obstreperous crowd protesting the government's immigration policy

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obtrude

\əb-ˈtrüd\

D. to push out

E. The historical details in the movie do not obtrude—they enhance the story by making it more realistic.

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obtrusive

D. pushy in calling attention to oneself

E. The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive. / We used less obtrusive colors in the bedrooms.

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obtuse

\äb-ˈtüs\

D. blunt; dull

E. He is too obtuse to take a hint. / obtuse scissors designed so that young users will not cut themselves

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obviate

\ˈäb-vē-ˌāt\

D. to make unnecessary

E. The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery. / The new treatment obviates many of the risks associated with surgery.

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occlude

\ə-ˈklüd\

D. to close

E. a blood clot had occluded a major artery in his body / his teeth do not occlude properly

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occult

\ə-ˈkəlt\

D. hidden; secret

E. the actor's private life had long been occulted by a contrived public persona

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odious

\ˈō-dē-əs\

D. offensive

E. an odious and unforgivable insult

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odoriferous

\ˌō-də-ˈri-f(ə-)rəs\

D. having a (pleasant) odor

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odyssey

\ˈä-də-sē\

D. a long journey

E. The story is about the emotional odyssey experienced by a teenage girl.

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officious

D. providing help that is not wanted

E. an officious little man who was always telling everyone else how to do their jobs

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ogle

\ˈō-gəl\

D. to look at openly with desire

E. He sat at the bar, ogling several women. / I was ogling the dessert menu before my meal even arrived.

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oleaginous

\ˌō-lē-ˈa-jə-nəs\

D. oily

E. the office manager greeted the corporate bigwigs with an oleaginous welcome that should have embarrassed him

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olfactory

\äl-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē\

D. pertaining to the sense of smell

E. olfactory cells/nerves/organs

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oligarchy

\ˈä-lə-ˌgär-kē\

D. a state ruled by a few persons

E. Their nation is an oligarchy. / An oligarchy rules their nation.

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ominous

D. threatening

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omnipotent

D. all-powerful

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omniscient

\äm-'ni-shənt\

D. all-knowing

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omnivorous

D. eating both animals and vegetables

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onerous

\ˈä-nə-rəs, ˈō-\

D. burdensome

E. had the onerous and stressful job of notifying the families of soldiers killed in action

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onslaught

\ˈän-ˌslȯt\

D. an attack

E. the massive onslaught of enemy troops caught the country by surprise

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opague

D. letting no light through

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opiate

\ˈō-pē-ət\

D. a medicine or anything that quiets and deadens

E. Many see television as an opiate of the masses.

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opportune

D. at the right time

E. an opportune rain shower gave them an excuse to leave the outdoor concert early

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opprobrium

\ə-'pro-brē-əm\

D. disgrace

E. saw no reason why “secretary” should suddenly become a term of opprobrium among the politically correct

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optimum

\ˈäp-tə-məm\

D. best

E. The substances were mixed in various proportions until an optimum was reached.

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opulence

D. wealth; abudance

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oracular

\ȯ-ˈra-kyə-lər\

D. wise; prophetic; with a hidden meaning

E. They amount to oracular experiments in graphic semiotics.

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ordure

\ˈȯr-jər\

D. filth; something that is morally degrading

E. polite people do not discuss ordure in public

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orifice

\ˈȯr-ə-fəs\

D. a mouth or opening

E. the mouth is a bodily orifice

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ornate

D. heavily decorated

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ornithologist

\ˌȯr-nə-ˈthä-lə-gəst\

D. one who studies birds

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orthodox

D. holding the accepted beliefs of a particular group

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oscillate

\ˈä-so-ˌlāt\

D. to move back and forth

E. Her moods oscillated between depression and elation.

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osculate

\ˈäs-kyə-ˌlāt\

D. to kiss; to come into close contact or union.

E. They osculated

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ossify

D. to harden into stone; to settle into habit

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ostentatious

D. showy; pretentious

E. ostentatious gold jewellery / He gave an ostentatious yawn.

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ostensible

\ä-ˈsten(t)-sə-bəl\

D. apparent; seeming or stated to be real or true, when this is perhaps not the case

E. he ostensible reason for his absence was illness.

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ostracize

\'äs-trə-sīz\

D. to banish or exclude

E. She was ostracized from the scientific community for many years because of her radical political beliefs.

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overt

D. open; observable