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opus

Short Definition : work (esp. musical composition); Ex. magnum opus: masterpiece; CF. opera

Definition
(noun) a musical work that has been created
Example Sentence
  • the composition is written in four movements
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for opus

OPUS remember an octopus working on a musical instrument like piano

A Roman Catholic organisation named OPUS DEI which means "WORK" OF GOD

opus exactly means work related to music (Barron's) Remember Octopus=oct+opus (8 hands) hands are used for working. Opus means work. This is the root of word opus.

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Opus sounds like office, where we WORK

something like opera?

Remember Magnum Opus in tranformers he does alot of work to save the world

This is our song - a musical composition OP US

oracular

Short Definition : of an oracle; prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous; hard to understand; N. oracle: wiser person; prophecy made by an oracle

Definition
(adj) of or relating to an oracle
Example Sentence
  • able by oracular means to expose a witch
Definition
(adj) obscurely prophetic
Synonyms : delphic
Example Sentence
  • Delphic pronouncements
  • an oracular message
Definition
(adj) resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought
Synonyms : enigmatic
Example Sentence
  • the oracular sayings of Victorian poets
  • so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it
  • an enigmatic smile
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for oracular

In the Matrix...the Oracle(old woman character ) prophesises that Neo is "the one"

oracle language is ambigous with lot of confusions

It rhymes with BINOCULARS, we use binoculars when something is hard to see and we call something ORACULAR when it is hard to interpret....

think oracle as miracle,,,,,,,,,,,,

oracular -> oracle command or revelation from God of DB

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Orcale Database: It is mysterious with many hidden shortcuts and database is preferred to remove ambiguity compared to simple files. Oracle is also the authority of DB ( The most selling DB)

orator

Short Definition : public speaker

Definition
(noun) a person who delivers a speech or oration
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for orator

orator sounds like obama senator , so a senator is a public speaker

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OpeRATOR

to get a job of operator u must be good in public speaking

official narrator

oratorio

Short Definition : dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata

Definition
(noun) a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
Synonyms : cantata
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for oratorio

orator is public speaker. oratorio is the same speaker turning his work into music

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think of an old melody ( english) with violin and long " oooooooooooooo" sound. the word starts and ends with O. OOOratoriOOOOO means music or song without acting

orator + aria(operatic solo)

when the ORATOR goes to RIO(Rio is the place where huge carnivals are held etc...)..he turns ORATORIO

Oratario: verisimilar to Orator who give speech so oratario is like that but its "musical poem" not speech.

orator + rio >>orator is public speaker. and in RIO movie birds sing poems and songs so oratorio is the same speaker turning his work into music

ora+torio-> singing loudly in auditorium

ordain

Short Definition : decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister, priest, or rabbi; N. ordainment; CF. ordination

Definition
(verb) order by virtue of superior authority; decree
Synonyms : enact
Example Sentence
  • The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews
  • the legislature enacted this law in 1985
Definition
(verb) appoint to a clerical posts
Example Sentence
  • he was ordained in the Church
Definition
(verb) invest with ministerial or priestly authority
Example Sentence
  • The minister was ordained only last month
Definition
(verb) issue an order
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ordain

ORD + A + IN = ORDer A person to come IN

since its a holy order.. ordain = order by saints..

order dein..

ordeal

Short Definition : severe trial or affliction; difficult experience; trial(test of patience or endurance); affliction

Definition
(noun) a severe or trying experience Definition
(noun) a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence
Synonyms : trial by ordeal
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ordeal

OR+DEAL...DEALING WITH ORIYA SPEAKING PEOPLE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE is quite a difficult experience.

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Koi aur deal karo yaar is se he is ORDEAL to handle

whenever you see or hear "ordeal" think of ur exams(hihi)

or deal - delivering 10 pizza in 10 min.A painful or horrific experience

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