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obligatory

Short Definition : binding; required; compulsory; V. oblige: constrain; make grateful; do a favor; accommodate

Definition
(adj) morally or legally constraining or binding
Example Sentence
  • attendance is obligatory
  • an obligatory contribution
Definition
(adj) required by obligation or compulsion or convention
Example Sentence
  • he made all the obligatory apologies
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oblige is to bind..thus obligatory follows...

obligatory - o big lid is need compulsory to bind the two gate.

oblique

Short Definition : indirect; slanting (deviating from the perpendicular or from a straight line); Ex. oblique reference

Definition
(noun) any grammatical case other than the nominative
Synonyms : oblique case
Definition
(noun) a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso Definition
(adj) slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
Example Sentence
  • the oblique rays of the winter sun
  • acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles
  • the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base
Definition
(adj) indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
Synonyms : devious
Example Sentence
  • used devious means to achieve success
  • gave oblique answers to direct questions
  • oblique political maneuvers
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for oblique

Oblique - split it like OB(object) lique(sounds as LIKE). So OBject Like, referring something indirectly.

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Ur making an oblique reference i.e indirect ref

oblisk sound like oblique (slanted).... here faces are kept oblique so tht at top tapering ll happen...something like pyramid...

ob + LIque(lets say LIne) ~ line is normally straight this oblique is indirect

jab ghee seedhi ungli se naa nikle to ungli tedhi (oblique) karni padti hai

ob+lique—ob means against—if you dislike someone or OB(against)+ LIQUE(like), you always REFER THEM INDIRECTLY

obliterate

Short Definition : destroy completely; wipe out; Ex. obliterate the village

Definition
(verb) mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
Synonyms : kill wipe out
Example Sentence
  • kill these lines in the President's speech
Definition
(verb) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
Synonyms : blot out hide obscure veil
Example Sentence
  • a hidden message
  • a veiled threat
Definition
(verb) remove completely from recognition or memory
Synonyms : efface
Example Sentence
  • efface the memory of the time in the camps
Definition
(verb) do away with completely, without leaving a trace Definition
(adj) reduced to nothingness
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obliterate

lets ' all-be-literate ' and destroy illiteracy completely

after destruction things are all over the place and it seems as if the place has been littered.. hence ob+liter+ate

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take ob as not...it becomes not literate..means illeterate destroys coz he doesnt know

only LITERATE can OB+LITERATE (destroy)corruption

obLITerate,so concentrate on the word LIT.so when yu have LIT somethin means u have set it to fire,hence it gets DESTROYED COMPLETELY

obliterate ~litterate ~ something that you make more little - hence you destoy it completely

Ob(Off)+literate = Off literate -> destroy completely

remember movie "war games" where the joshua comp asks everyone to run away because of missile being approached by ripley . then joshua asks them to run away because of OBLITERATION

ob+literate—ob(against) from literate, those against literate can destroy i.e., illiterate people do such acts of destroying

In war, a jet pilot takes aim on his target and blows it to smitherines, and then reports back to headquarter that the OBJECTIVE turned to LITTER. The OBJECTIVE LITTERED.

ob = -ve literate..yesterday i was readin the white tiger. it said illeterate ppl are given the power to choose the govt and this destroys every aspect of society in itself.

obliterate is used in google chrome browser option"obliterate the following" to erase the history if u remember

Obstruct + literacy :means it will automatically destroy

oblivion

Short Definition : obscurity; condition of being completely forgotten; forgetfulness

Definition
(noun) the state of being disregarded or forgotten
Synonyms : limbo
Definition
(noun) total forgetfulness
Synonyms : obliviousness
Example Sentence
  • he sought the great oblivion of sleep
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Oblivion= OB+ BLI + VION ="absolute blind vision" of forgetting important things/matters

think of oil livon so when u message your head with livon u forget everything

O+bli-nk+vi(s)ion:- reminds of blink vision,when u forget something it's like blink vision of past.

key live new forgot live things ===ob(against)+live=forgetfulness

o bad incident leave on (forget completely)

oblivious

Short Definition : inattentive or unmindful; unaware; wholly absorbed; forgetful(having the habit of forgetting)

Definition
(adj) (followed by `to' or `of') lacking conscious awareness of
Synonyms : unmindful
Example Sentence
  • oblivious of the mounting pressures for political reform
  • oblivious to the risks she ran
  • not unmindful of the heavy responsibility
Definition
(adj) failing to keep in mind
Synonyms : forgetful
Example Sentence
  • forgetful of her responsibilities
  • oblivious old age
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for oblivious

It is obvious to be oblivious when keeping too much info in mind.

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somethings are so OBVIOUS that you take them for granted, thus oblivious to it

it is obvious that while writing oblivious we forget l....

Oblivious can be remembered from "Oblivion" which means something which has been forgotton!

oblibious - bob leave ous forgetful for his marriage.

obviously he was on leave so he is not aware of whats going on

obloquy

Short Definition : slander; disgrace; infamy

Definition
(noun) state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
Synonyms : opprobrium
Definition
(noun) a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obloquy

etymologically OB-'against' and LOQUY-'talk'. Therefore OBLOQUY means to TALK AGAINST SOMEONE,i.e. SLANDER

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THE WORD SOUNDs LIKE IN HINDI WEN WE DO A WRONG THING AND THEN THINK AND SAY"ab loki[people] kya kahenge"

break its pronunciation as..."wo+blow+ki"= agar load shedding ho to jo candle blow kar de...she grings disgrace and infamy upon herself.

ALL BLOCK WE

o blue guy(obloquy) blue cross will save animals but misinterpreted to find fault on others

well divide it as "a" " blow" "thee" which means a blow to something i.e infamy

think of it as making an oblique (sideways) reference to someone, or slandering

obnoxious

Short Definition : offensive; disagreeable; Ex. obnoxious smell

Definition
(adj) causing disapproval or protest
Synonyms : objectionable
Example Sentence
  • a vulgar and objectionable person
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Hayden recently said Bhajji an 'obnoxious weed' pertaining to the event of him calling symonds a monkey.

ob(viously)+noxiousi.e offensive

ab aur nahi .. i will protest

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"noxious" means physical/mental injury. So Obnoxios means aao-injury which is not approvable.

AGAIN THE ROOT NOX ...means harm...so some gases are very harmful/ or a person who is offensive can be HARMFUL to us.

if asked again will knock us.(offensive disagree)

noxious means harmful....so noxious talks r always offensive

abe no oxigen(obnoxious) h sas kaise lega jo hmare liye hanikark h

ob-NOX-ious NOX are harmful gases which causes pollution of environment so emission of these gases should be objected

obscure

Short Definition : dark; vague; unclear; not well known; Ex. obscure meaning/village; V: darken; cover; make unclear; Ex. obscure the moon/meaning

Definition
(verb) make less visible or unclear
Example Sentence
  • The stars are obscured by the clouds
  • the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley
Definition
(verb) make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
Synonyms : blur confuse obnubilate
Example Sentence
  • Her remarks confused the debate
  • Their words obnubilate their intentions
Definition
(verb) make obscure or unclear
Synonyms : bedim overcloud
Example Sentence
  • The distinction was obscured
Definition
(verb) reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa Definition
(verb) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
Example Sentence
  • a hidden message
  • a veiled threat
Definition
(adj) not clearly understood or expressed
Synonyms : vague
Example Sentence
  • an obscure turn of phrase
  • an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit
  • their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear
  • vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science
Definition
(adj) marked by difficulty of style or expression
Synonyms : dark
Example Sentence
  • much that was dark is now quite clear to me
  • those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure
Definition
(adj) difficult to find
Synonyms : hidden
Example Sentence
  • hidden valleys
  • a hidden cave
  • an obscure retreat
Definition
(adj) not famous or acclaimed
Synonyms : unknown unsung
Example Sentence
  • an obscure family
  • unsung heroes of the war
Definition
(adj) not drawing attention
Synonyms : unnoticeable
Example Sentence
  • an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet
  • an obscure flaw
Definition
(adj) remote and separate physically or socially
Synonyms : apart isolated
Example Sentence
  • existed over the centuries as a world apart
  • preserved because they inhabited a place apart
  • tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization
  • an obscure village
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obscure

OBSCURE= OBSession + CURE == Many psychiatrists believe that Obsession's cure is still UNKNOWN / UNCLEAR...

obscure = not secure

obs sounds like boobs -in the movie cure boobs are shown in a hazy manner not clear

OBesity CURE is not known to many people!!!yaaron wat all u tried:)

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all the mnemonics listed here are obscure

o is there cure - unclear, vague,not well known

Suppose you are standing on 20th floor of a tall building and inadvertently a stone fells from there. (Your reaction will sounds like Ob....)Its image will become bleak or hazy after dropping a few floors.

obsequious

Short Definition : slavishly attentive; servile; full of servile compliance; sycophantic

Definition
(adj) attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery Definition
(adj) attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
Example Sentence
  • obsequious shop assistants
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or obse(ssed)-Qui( yes in frech)-ous=always obsessed with saying yes to it all

ob + SEQUI + ous .. sequi means sequence where one thing "follows" the other.. and servants follow what their masters say..

seq = Suck, uio = Your, us = Ass. He sucks your ass, therefore he's obsequious.

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Think "seek" because when you seek something you show attentiveness to find it.

sounds like AP+SEEK+QUOUS.......when you seek help,you are attentive and your manner is servile

ob ( to) sequi ( to follow) and ous ( full of) so obsequious is full of following after

in hindi 'oab seakh ese' If u wanna learn anything u shoult be attentive

Sounds like obedient. obsequious obedient servants

obsequious - obey sequence of work in office(obedience, dutiful).

OBSESSION: The domination of one's thought; OBSEQUIOUS: The domination of one's respect (over-respect)

ab(ob)se qosis karunga aisa bol ke chaplusi karte ho father se ye obsequious hai.

ob+serious = not really serious

Imagine a boy or Suise Q obse(ssed) with boot licking her king's sexual needs (I know...);

Latin: Ob = after and sequi = follow. Think “follower”, with sequi as “sequence”

Note: suffix 'ious' means full of..Ob (obey) + seq(seek)+ u+ ious= if u are full of seeking to obey then u are submissive

obstinate in getting a yes (qui) from everyone

O(office mein) B(boss ki) SEQ(secretary)kaan lagake sunti hai meaning she listens slavishly to him.

obsessive

Short Definition : related to thinking about something constantly; of an obsession; preoccupying; N. obsession: compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea; compulsive idea; V. obsess: preoccupy the mind of excessively

Definition
(noun) a person who has obsessions Definition
(adj) characterized by or constituting an obsession
Synonyms : obsessional
Example Sentence
  • the obsessional character of his response
  • obsessive gambling
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obsessive

obsessive - thinking boob excessive

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