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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

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

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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

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.

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)

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

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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..

consider Opposite of pale(dull,cheerless) is colorful, lustrous

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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

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