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onomatopoeia

Short Definition : words formed in imitation of natural sounds

Definition
(noun) using words that imitate the sound they denote
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for onomatopoeia

oh no maa! top(cannon in hindi) fire aaya : dishdhambush

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oh no maa...mei top aaya..."yahoo" "hurray" "yipee"...!!!

On+mat+o+piepe and saying yahooo

onslaught

Short Definition : vicious assault; fierce attack; Ex. unexpected onslaught of the enemy

Definition
(noun) a sudden and severe onset of trouble Definition
(noun) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
Synonyms : attack onrush onset
Example Sentence
  • the attack began at dawn
Definition
(noun) the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)
Example Sentence
  • a barrage of questions
  • a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for onslaught

onslaught...divide it like..on+slaught(ER)...SO if you slaughter somebody or something on the spot..YOU ARE FIERCELY ATTCKING THEM.

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it is taken from..on+slaught...is derived from slēan means to strike ..so strike sombody with a knife...means to kill or fiercely atcking.

If u have played unreal 2004 u would know it has a gametype ONSLAUGHT meaning a violent attack

Onslaught of a slaughterer

onus

Short Definition : burden; responsibility

Definition
(noun) an onerous or difficult concern
Example Sentence
  • the burden of responsibility
  • that's a load off my mind
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for onus

ON-US you are ON US ie. you are a BURDEN on me.

The patient cut his nas, onus is on the nurse

Onus also means "blame". Remember whatever wrong happens in this world the BLAME GOES ON U.S(United States). Blame = onUS(onus)

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onus sounds like owner.. he is always responsible

ooze

Short Definition : (of a thick liquid) pass or flow slowly; N: mud or thick liquid as at the bottom of a river

Definition
(noun) any thick, viscous matter Definition
(noun) the process of seeping
Synonyms : oozing seepage
Definition
(verb) pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
Synonyms : seep
Definition
(verb) release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
Example Sentence
  • exude sweat through the pores
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ooze

lOOZE motion

When mother says OOZZZZZ kid starts peeing or oozing the liquid out..

OOZE SOUNDS LIKE BOOZE If u Booze the effect will flow slowly into Brain after sometime u bcom unconsious

Ozone Layer in atmosphere? Stops the harmful rays to pass through it. OOZE > pass or flow slowly.

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
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for opalescent

opelascent > opel astra and accent cars when brand new.. shine! are lustrous!

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..

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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
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for opaque

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.

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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
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for opiate

OPIATE = OPI (OPIUM) + ATE (TO EAT). Therefore, as you ATE the medicine with OPIUM in it, you are feeling drowsy (sleepy).

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..

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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
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for opportune

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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
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for opportunist

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
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for opprobrium

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

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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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