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Obdurate

Adj. stubborn.

He was obdurate in his refusal to listen to our complaints.

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Obliterate

V. destroy completely.

The tidal wave obliterated several island villages.

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Oblivion

N. obscurity; forgetfulness.

After a decade of popularity, Hurson's works had fallen into oblivion; no one bothered to read them anymore.

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Obscure

v. darken; make unclear.

At times he seemed purposely to obscure his meaning, preferring mystery to clarity.

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Obstinate

Adj. stubborn; hard to control or treat.

We tried to persuade to give up smoking, but he was obstinate and refused to change.

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Odious

Adj. hateful; vile.

Cinderella's ugly stepsisters had the odious habit of popping their zits in public.

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Ominous

Adj. threatening.

Those clouds are ominous, they suggest a severe storm is on the way.

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Opaque

Adj. dark; not transparent.

The opaque window shade kept the sunlight out of the room.

Opacity, N.

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Opportunist

N. individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances.

Joe is such an opportunist that he tripled the price of bottle water at hi store as soon as the earthquake struck.

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Optimist

N. person who looks on the good side.

The pessimist says the glass is half-empty, the optimist says it s half-full.

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Opulence

N. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance.

The glitter and opulence of the ballroom took Cinderella's breath away.

Opulent, Adj.

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Orator

N. public speaker.

The abolitionist Frederick Douglass was a brilliant orator whose speechers brought home to his audience the evils of slavery.

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Ornate

Adj. excessively or elaborately decorated.

With the elaborately carved, convoluted lines, furniture of the Baroque period was highly ornate.

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Ostentatious

Adj. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention.

Donald Trump's latest casino in Atlantic City is the most ostentatious gambling palace in the East; it easily outglitters its competitors.

Ostentation, N.