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officious

Short Definition : meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services; overly eager in offering unwanted services or advices; Ex. officious bellboy

Definition
(adj) intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
Example Sentence
  • an interfering old woman
  • bustling about self-importantly making an officious nuisance of himself
  • busy about other people's business
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for officious

OFFICIOUS,the first part of the word sounds similar to office. Imagine a government office where people poke their nose in other's affairs, they are INTERFERING.

Offi(in offices)+cious(curious).. in offices ppl vl be curious for promotions so they vil be pushy in offering services

excessive eagerness to do OFFicial work of OFFering service or advice..

In an office, people are always poking into (meddling with) others affairs, in a irritating manner.

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Imagine a police OFFICER that was so OFFICIOUS on the highway he made a car stop for several hours

Off-ish in the office = because they're pushy with their services to get a promotion

read off as offering and cious as service so one hu offer his service

inclined towards making our mood off - OFFIng eaCh and every 1 Of US

ogle

Short Definition : look at amorously; make eyes at; Ex. old men ogling young girls

Definition
(verb) look at with amorous intentions
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ogle

O+gle..(girls)..so a man staring or eyeing young girls..

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You can easily ogle wearing Goggle. ;)

ogle is similar to eagle..eagle looks for its prey..

O GAL YOUR MINE.. O GAL YOUR MINE..TERE ISHQ MEIN HADD SE GUZAR JAO MAIN JHUTH KAHO TOW....REMEMBER THAT SONG?? HOUSEFUL MOVIE ...

O what a GirL...!!!

olfactory

Short Definition : concerning the sense of smell

Definition
(adj) of or relating to olfaction
Synonyms : olfactive
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for olfactory

ol(oil)+factory...so people are CONCERNED ABOUT THE SMELL THAT COMES FROM THE OIL FACTORY.

oligarchy

Short Definition : government by a privileged few

Definition
(noun) a political system governed by a few people
Example Sentence
  • one of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy
  • the big cities were notoriously in the hands of the oligarchy of local businessmen
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for oligarchy

oligo basically means a few people.. as used in oligopoly..

In line with Anarchy Monarchy and Oligoarchy (Oligo means few), matriarchy(run by a women) and patriarchy(run by a man)

like anarchy...run by few people

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Because an oligarchy is usually corrupt and operates in the dark, we could say it was OILY-DARKLY

it sounds like ONLY archy...means only e few...!!!

Kraft food makes olios(cookies) which are so popular, the cookie family was elected to rule canada.

oligo = 0 log = 0 people or a few

monarchy and oligarchy,archy is common in same so easy to remember.

oligarchy - oli(lean in tamil) will control small group.

ominous

Short Definition : threatening; of an evil omen

Definition
(adj) threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
Example Sentence
  • a baleful look
  • forbidding thunderclouds
  • his tone became menacing
  • ominous rumblings of discontent
  • sinister storm clouds
  • a sinister smile
  • his threatening behavior
  • ugly black clouds
  • the situation became ugly
Definition
(adj) presaging ill fortune
Synonyms : ill inauspicious
Example Sentence
  • ill omens
  • ill predictions
  • my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven
  • a dead and ominous silence prevailed
  • a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ominous

maruti OMNI.....it is a threating car usually used by kidnappers.

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"omen+ious", Remember the movie "omen" the horror movie

ominous..oh+minus(-)..oh god everything negative..something bad is going to occur..its threatening

Think O(all)+Minous(minus)=everything is being minus,,,its dangerous!!

Ominous feeling that he will score in minus

omni bus will make ous unpleasant in travel and feel bad about road accidents.

"Ominous" slightly rhymes with "menace". Both have the same meaning: "threatening"

omnipotent

Short Definition : all-powerful; having unlimited power

Definition
(adj) having unlimited power
Synonyms : all-powerful almighty
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for omnipotent

OMNI (means all) + POTENT (powerful) = ALL POWERFUL

omnipotent - omni buses are powerful and potential.

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it may seems absurd but still.........One who is impotent has no power and one Potent have power

God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient ie. god is present everywhere, has all the powers and knows everything about everyone...

omnipresent

Short Definition : universally present; ubiquitous

Definition
(adj) being present everywhere at once
Synonyms : ubiquitous
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for omnipresent

maruti omni car is used by malority of indians..

omni buses are universally present

"Om"+ "present".....so OM(lord SHIVJI) present everywhere at once

"OM+ANCIENT"...everybody knows "OM" from the ancient times

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"Om"+ "present".....so OM(lord SHIVJI) present everywhere at once

omniscient

Short Definition : all-knowing

Definition
(adj) infinitely wise
Synonyms : all-knowing
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for omniscient

omniscient sounds like omni + scientist so a scientist knows about all the things .

omniscient sounds like omni + scient (saint) so a saint knows about all the things that are happening.

"OM+ANCIENT"...everybody knows "OM" from the ancient times

"OM+ANCIENT"...everybody knows "OM" from the ancient times

God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient ie. god is present everywhere, has all the powers and knows everything about everyone...

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Omniscient = "Omnis" (meaning all as in Omnipresent)+ "Scient" (meaning knowledge as in science). So, the meaning of "Omniscient" is: knowing all

omnivorous

Short Definition : eating both plant and animal food; devouring everything

Definition
(adj) feeding on both plants and animals

onerous

Short Definition : burdensome

Definition
(adj) not easily borne; wearing
Synonyms : burdensome taxing
Example Sentence
  • the burdensome task of preparing the income tax return
  • my duties weren't onerous; I only had to greet the guests
  • a taxing schedule
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for onerous

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it sounds like on+er+us..that is ONUS.. when something is ON US ..we feel burdensome

Onerous= one+rous. If u assign much work on ONE person it will be ONErous for him

onerous....can be associated wid owners on us...who r trouble some

onerous = sound like owner = when they come to collect the rent you feel always burdensome.

one-rassi.. a lot of things hanging from one string.. so becomes burdensome..

This sounds like generous.... Which is not easy!!!

The asses complain: "Our OWNER always put burden on US."

OWNED US - like losing badly in a game of basketball

Owner are burden Us

one-rous in hindi one is 'ek' rous sounds like rasta i.e a path.. so dere is only " ek rasta" means one way out of difficult situation and it requires lot of effort bcoz its very tough....

The burden is tied ON OUR ASS.

Owner(PM) will be on us if we dont complete the assigned task in time. We may nt have completed bcoz it requires much effort and is difficult.

think as owner.. becoming an owner is a difficult task and involves more effort

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