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odds

Short Definition : chances; probability; disagreement; Ex. The odds are that it will rain. Ex. at odds with

Definition
(noun) the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring Definition
(noun) the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another
Synonyms : betting odds
Example Sentence
  • he offered odds of two to one
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find the odds bet 1 to 10 - chances, probability.

odious

Short Definition : arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile

Definition
(adj) unequivocally detestable
Example Sentence
  • abominable treatment of prisoners
  • detestable vices
  • execrable crimes
  • consequences odious to those you govern
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hate people with bad odour(odious) and high audio(odious)

the word reminds us of ODOUR, when we get bad odour from someone ...we tend to DISLIKE or DEVELOP AN AVERSION for that person..

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originally it is taken from latin word odisse means to HATE....ODIOUS MEANS something detestable, hatful...abhorrent

remember garfield and odi...?? garfield HATES odi. so anything with the prefix odi+ is detestable

ODI+oUS ....ODI MATCHES.afterTHE test match in aus...BUCKNER IS-the most HATED umpire among indians...so we dont want to see him DOING UMPIRING IN ODI matches ..so a strong feeling of HATRED against BUCKNER in US.

after the arrival of T-20...everybody hated ODI now...!!!

Kannada: Odi => Run ... U run away from what u hate!.

ODIOUS rhymes with adieu(which means goodbye)..Everyone loves "hellos" and everyone hates "goodbyes"...so odious=hateful

odious -> odi( ran in tamil) ous(lovers) are arousing strong dislike; hateful by parents

odi-us is like odor-us because-you-stink!

You hate(odious) to do 'odd' jobs.

odium

Short Definition : detestation; quality of being odious; hatefulness; disrepute (resulting from hateful conduct)

Definition
(noun) state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior Definition
(noun) hate coupled with disgust
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ODIUM rhymes with PODIUM. Podium means stage and I have a stage fear and therefore I detest going on the stage.

odium sounds very close to podium(a stage type of thing)-well standing on podium when politician delivers speech against their opponents ..it fills us with odium.

if we take "opium" people will hate us and look at us with disgust

od+i+u +(m)...i dislike you as you as your thoughts are very odd.

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we say "odi-yamma" in hatred...!!!

odium sounds lyk odion theatre in hyderabd...afta the bomb blast in dat theatre its reputation has been lost hence disrepute

Odium, sounds like "Odu". In tamil language "Odu" means "Run". So we run away from things we detest

odi( ran in tamil) um(lovers) are arousing strong dislike; hateful by parents

bad odor from a person will make u hate him and be disgusted by the smell

odoriferous

Short Definition : giving off an odor

Definition
(adj) morally offensive
Example Sentence
  • odoriferous legislation
Definition
(adj) emitting an odor
Synonyms : odorous
Example Sentence
  • odorous salt pork and weevily hardtack
Definition
(adj) having a natural fragrance
Example Sentence
  • odoriferous spices
  • the odorous air of the orchard
  • the perfumed air of June
  • scented flowers
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2 meanings: 1. odori relates to odour/smell. 2. ferous related to ferocious and hence offensive

odoriferous-odor+ferous;root word fer means to carry;so odoriferous means carrying odor

odorous

Short Definition : having an odor

Definition
(adj) having odor or a characteristic odor
Example Sentence
  • odorous jasmine flowers
  • odorous garbage
  • fresh odorous bread
Definition
(adj) emitting an odor
Synonyms : odoriferous
Example Sentence
  • odorous salt pork and weevily hardtack
Definition
(adj) having a natural fragrance
Example Sentence
  • odoriferous spices
  • the odorous air of the orchard
  • the perfumed air of June
  • scented flowers

odyssey

Short Definition : long, eventful, adventurous journey

Definition
(noun) a long wandering and eventful journey Definition
(noun) a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for odyssey

ODD+SEA....you have decided to travel all seas with odd plannig...hence odyssey is a long journey

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sounds like oddisy(a kind of dance)..so seeing and practicing a oddisy dance..is an eventful. thing to do..

ODYSSEY Remember Micheal Hussey he plays 4 a long time n frustrates opp team....!!

lets go to orissa

Remember Deccan Odyssey...luxurious train in india..!!

ODDY CAR!!!

relate in with embasy.....embassy are are in different countries to get your grievance solved (its a long journey when u travel poutside your country and it is evntful when u visit the embassy)

other+ sea: if u have to go to some othr sea, its going to be a long and eventful journey

offensive

Short Definition : attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N. offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offense

Definition
(noun) the action of attacking an enemy
Synonyms : offence offense
Definition
(adj) violating or tending to violate or offend against
Synonyms : violative
Example Sentence
  • violative of the principles of liberty
  • considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity
Definition
(adj) for the purpose of attack rather than defense
Example Sentence
  • offensive weapons
Definition
(adj) causing anger or annoyance
Example Sentence
  • offensive remarks
Definition
(adj) morally offensive
Synonyms : unsavory unsavoury
Example Sentence
  • an unsavory reputation
  • an unsavory scandal
Definition
(adj) unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
Example Sentence
  • offensive odors
Definition
(adj) substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one
Synonyms : dysphemistic
Example Sentence
  • `nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'
Definition
(adj) causing or able to cause nausea
Example Sentence
  • a nauseating smell
  • nauseous offal
  • a sickening stench

offhand

Short Definition : casual; done without prior thought or preparation

Definition
(adj) with little or no preparation or forethought
Example Sentence
  • his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment
  • an extemporaneous piano recital
  • an extemporary lecture
  • an extempore skit
  • an impromptu speech
  • offhand excuses
  • trying to sound offhanded and reassuring
  • an off-the-cuff toast
  • a few unrehearsed comments
Definition
(adj) casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
Synonyms : offhanded
Example Sentence
  • an offhand manner
  • she treated most men with offhand contempt
Definition
(adv) without previous thought or preparation
Synonyms : offhanded offhandedly
Example Sentence
  • couldn't give the figures offhand
  • we decided offhand to go to Canada
  • she had made these remarks offhandedly
Definition
(adv) in a casually inconsiderate manner
Synonyms : offhanded offhandedly
Example Sentence
  • replied offhand, his mind a million miles away
  • she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for offhand

offhand - hands on means experience, you have prepared for that , so off hands means something without preparation

offhand = off + hand = Not take in hand ( work ) = unimportant work = casual work

i am taking my hand off from this.means i am not intrested in that

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