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opalescent

Short Definition : iridescent; lustrous; like an opal; N. opalescence

Definition
(adj) having a play of lustrous rainbow colors
Example Sentence
  • an iridescent oil slick
  • nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl
  • a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster
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opelascent > opel astra and accent cars when brand new.. shine! are lustrous!

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opal means irid.. and irid comes from iris.. which is the part of the eye..eyes helps us experience colors.. and opalescent means lustrour colors..

consider Opposite of pale(dull,cheerless) is colorful, lustrous

o+pale+scent--- pale(lacking luster or color), if we spray SCENT(perfume) of something PALE, it will shing and will have luster

opalescent -> opel astra car comes in different rainbow color

remember song from lagaan opalanhare means krishna who is very shiny nd kri=iri=iridescent

opaque

Short Definition : dark; not transparent; N. opacity

Definition
(adj) not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
Example Sentence
  • opaque windows of the jail
  • opaque to X-rays
Definition
(adj) not clearly understood or expressed
Synonyms : unintelligible
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The OPening wAs QUEstionable because no light was coming through. Therefore, it was OPAQUE.

OP(opposite) and AQUE(aqua)-- opposite of water -- means not transparent.

Just think of an opal, which is a stone that isn't clear or lucid

opiate

Short Definition : medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opium

Definition
(noun) a narcotic drug that contains opium or an opium derivative
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OPIATE = OPI (OPIUM) + ATE (TO EAT). Therefore, as you ATE the medicine with OPIUM in it, you are feeling drowsy (sleepy).

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o+pi+ate = kha pi ke bahut neend aati hai

Pia sounds like Piya(drink) in hindi..kya piya?? Davai piya...i.e Medicine that makes u sleep..

Over PIA(drank) + ATE(eat)...so guess what happens next...!!!

operate surgery will give medicine to deadpain and deep sleep

opportune

Short Definition : timely; well-chosen

Definition
(adj) suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
Example Sentence
  • an opportune place to make camp
  • an opportune arrival
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OPPORTUNE sounds like FORTUNE. Therefore, this is just the OPPORTUNE moment to have inherited your father's FORTUNE.

all one wishes for is OPPORTUNITIES at the OPPORTUNE time...!!!

At an opportune time, I got the opportunity

opportunist

Short Definition : individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances; N. opportunism

Definition
(noun) a person who places expediency above principle
Synonyms : self-seeker
Definition
(adj) taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit
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An OPPORTUNIST is a person who takes GOOD ADVANTAGE of an available OPPORTUNITY.

When the right opportunity comes, the OPPORTUNIST forgets his principles and takes the opportunity.

opprobrium

Short Definition : infamy; disgrace arising from shameful conduct; vilification(slander); scorn; contempt; Ex. opprobrium hurled against him; ADJ. opprobrious: expressing contempt; shameful or infamous

Definition
(noun) state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
Synonyms : obloquy
Definition
(noun) a state of extreme dishonor
Synonyms : infamy
Example Sentence
  • a date which will live in infamy
  • the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city
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If you take OPIUM(banned drug) you will be criticized, humiliated & put to shame.

oppROBrium..stress on rob..if u rob something ull be dishonoured

'opprobrium' sounds similar to 'oppressed i am', thus dishonoured

Sounds similar to "approbation," which is an expression of praise. Opprobrium is the opposite: Disgrace, contempt, scorn.

Split word like this OPP_ROB_RIUM : if u ROB OPIUM then u will be criticized

opprobrium = 'Oprah' disgraced' Brian' in the show :)

op+prob+rium....opprobrium for problem maker

Opium + Probe + Rob = Defame

Opprobrium:Opp(Opposite)+Rob(Robbery),Just Imagine u had ROBbed urs neighbors house which which is Opposite to urs House,so ur going to face great disgrace(of arising from shameful conduct) form ur neighbours who r very close to u

opprobrium: Opium+ Pro a pro who uses opium(drug) should feel ashamed of himself/herself==> public disgrace or reproach

Think "Opt to be Probed in my Rium" which just sounds disgraceful and like I would hate it.

split opprobrium as op+probe+xxx probe means to sensors on sea ground,that touch the ground to analyse. So probe menas to touch and approve. Op+probe is not to touch because u dont like it. vilify,infamy.

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