ADJ. outmoded. "Hip" is an obsolete expression; it went out with love beads and tie-dye shirts.
N. physician specializing in delivery of babies. Unlike midwives, who care for women giving birth at home, obstetricians generally work in a hospital setting.
ADJ. stubborn; hard to cintrol of treat. We tried to persuade him to give up smoking, but he was obstinate and refused to change. Blackberry stickers are the most obstinate weeds U know; once established in a yard, they're extremely head to root out . obstinacy, N,
ADJ. boisterous; noisy. What do you do when an obstreperous horde of drunken policemen carouses through your hotel, crashing into potted plants and singing vulgar songs?
V. push (oneself or one's ideas) forward or intrude; butt in; stick out of extrude. Because Fanny was reluctant; to obtrude her opinions about child-raising upon her daughter-in-law, she kept a close watch on her tongue. obtrusive. ADJ. obtrusion, N.
ADJ. blunt; stupid. What can you do with somebody who's so obtuse that he can't even tell that you're insulting him?
V. make unnecessary; get rid of. I hope this contribution will obviate any need for further collections of funds.
V. the West. It will take time for the Occident to understand the ways and customs of the Orient.
V. shut; close. A blood clot occluded an artery to the heart, occlusion N.
ADJ mysterious; secret; supernatural. The occult rites to the organization were revealed only to members, also N.
N. physician who specializes in treatment of the eyes. In many states, an oculist is the only one who may apply medicinal drops to the eyes for the purpose of examining them.
ADJ. hateful; vile. Cinderella's ugly stepsisters had the odious habit of popping their zits in public.
M. detestation; hatefulness; disrepute. Prince Charming could not express the odium he felt toward Cinderella's stepsisters because of their mistreatment of poor Cinderella.
ADJ. giving off an odor. The odoriferous spices stimulated her jaded appetite.
ADJ. having an odor. The variety of hybrid tea rose is more odorous than the one you have in your garden.
N. long, eventful journey. The refugee's journey from Cambodia was a terrifying odyssey.
ADJ. attacking; insulting; distasteful. Getting into street brawls is no minor offense for professional boxers, who are required by law to restrict their offensive impulses to the ring.
ADJ. casual; done without prior thought. Expecting to be treated with due propriety by her hosts. Great-Aunt Maud was offended by their offhand manner.
ADJ. meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services. After her long flight, Hill just wanted to nap, but the officious bellboy was intent on showing her all the special features to the deluxe suite.
V. look at amorously; make eyes at. At the coffee house, Walter was too shy to ogle the pretty girls openly; instead, he peeked out at them from behind a rubber plant.
ADJ. concerning the sense of smell. A wine taster must have a discriminating palate and a keen olfactory sense, for a good wine appeals both to the taste buds and to the nose.
N. government by a privileged few. One small clique ran the3 student council; what had been intended as a democratic governing body had turned into an oligarchy.
ADJ. threatening. Those clouds are ominous; they suggest that a severe storm is on the way.
ADJ. all-powerful. The monarch regarded him-self as omnipotent and responsible to no one for his acts.
ADJ. universally present; ubiquitous. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus is omnipresent.
ADJ. all-knowing. I do not pretend to be omniscient, but I am positive about this fact.
ADJ. eating both paint and animal food; devouring everything. Some animals, including humans, are omnivorous and seat both meat and vegetables; others are either carnivorous or herbivorous.
ADJ. burdensome. She asked for an assistant because her woke load was too onerous.
N. words formed in imitation of natural sounds. Words like "rustle" and "gargle" are illustrators of onomatopoeia.
N. vicious assault. We suffered many casualties during the unexpected onslaught of the enemy troops.
N. burden; responsibility. The emperor was spared the onus of signing the surrender papers; instead. he relegated the assignment to his generals.
ADJ. iridescent; lustrous. The oil slick on the water had an opalescent, rainbowlike sheen opalescence, N.
ADJ. dark; not transparent. The opaque window shade kept the sunlight out of the room. opacity, N.
N. medicine to induce slept or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction. To say that religion is the opiate of the people is to condemn religion as a drug that keeps the people quiet and submissive to those in power.
ADJ. timely; well-chosen. Cher looked at her father struggling to balance his checkbook; clearly this would not be an opportune moment to ask him for an her allowance.
N. individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances. Forget about ethics! He's such an opportunist that he'll vote in favor of any deal that will give him a break.
N, infamy; vilification. He refused to defend himself against the slander and opprobrium; he preferred to rely on his record.
N. maker and seller of eyeglasses. The patient to the prescription given him by his oculist to the optician.
N. person who looks on the bright side. The pessimist says the glass is half-empty; the optimist says it is half-full.
ADJ. most favorable. If you wait for the optimum moment to act, you may never begin your project. also N.
ADJ. not compulsory; left to one's choice. I was impressed by the range of optional accessories for my microcomputer that were available. option, N.
ADJ. one who fits glasses to remedy visual defects. Although an optometrist is qualified to treat many eye disorders, she may not use medicines or surgery in her examinations.
N. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance. The glitter and opulence of the ballroom took Cinderella's breath away. opulent, ADJ.
N, work. Although many critics hailed his Fifth Symphony. he did not regard to as his major opus.
ADJ. prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous. Like many others who sought divine guidance from the oracle at Delphi. Oedipus could not understand the enigmatic oracular warning he received. oracle, N.
N. dramatic poem set to music. The Glee Club decided to present an oratorio during their recital.
V. decrees or command; grant holy orders; predestine. The king ordained that no foreigner should be allowed to enter the city. The Bishop of Michigan or dained David a deacon in the Episcopal Church. The young lovers felt that fate had ordained their meeting.
N. severe trial or affliction. June was so painfully shy that it was an ordeal for her to speak up when the teacher called on her in class.
N. decree. Passing a red light is a violation of a city ordinance.
N. ceremony conferring holy orders. The candidate for ordination had to meet with the bishop and the diocesan officers before being judged ready-to be ordained a deacon ordain, V.
N. wild, drunken revelry; unrestrained indulgence. The Roman emperor's orgies were far wider than the toga party in the movie Animal House. When her income tax refund check finally arrived, Sally indulged in an orgy of shopping.
V. get one's bearings; adjust. Phillip spent his first day in Denver orienting himself to the city.
N. act of one's finding oneself in society. Freshman orientation provides the incoming students with an opportunity to learn about their new environment and their place in it.
N. mouthlike opening; small opening. The Howe Caverns were discovered when someone observed that a cold wind was issuing from an orifice in the hillside.
ADJ. excessively or elaborately decorated. With its elaborately carved, convoluted lines, furniture of the Baroque period was highly ornate.
N. scientific student of birds. Audubon's drawings of American bird life have been of interest not only to ornithologists but also to the general public.
ADJ. traditional; conservative in belief. Faced with a problem, she preferred to take an orthodox approach rather than shock anyone. orthodoxy, N.
N. correct spelling. Many of us find English orthography difficult to master because so many of our words are not written phonetically.
V. vibrate pendulumlike; waver. It is interesting to note how public opinion oscillates between the extremes to optimism and pessimism.
ADJ. made of bone; bony. The hollow "soft spot" found at the top of the infant's skull gradually closes as new osseous tissue fills in the gap.
V. change or harden into bone. When he called his opponent a "bonehead," he implied that his adversary's brain had ossified and that he was not capable of clear thinking.
ADJ. apparent; professed; pretended Although the ostensible purpose of this expedition is to discover new lands, we are really interested in finding new markets for our products.
ADJ. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention. Trump's latest casino in Atlantic City is the most ostentatious gambling palace in the East; it easily out-glitters its competitors. ostentation, N.
V. exclude from public favor; ban. As soon as the newspapers carried the story of his connection with the criminals, his friends began to ostracize him. ostracism, N.
V. expel; drive out. The world wondered if A quino would be able to oust Marcos from office.
ADJ. bizarre; peculiar; unconventional. The eccentric professor who engages in markedly outlandish behavior is a stock figure in novels with an academic setting.
ADJ. no longer stylish; old-fashioned. Unconcerned about keeping in style, Lenore was perfectly happy to wear outmoded clothes as long as they were clean and unfrayed.
N. fringes; outer borders. Living on the outskirts of Boston. Sarah sometimes felt as of she were cut off from the cultural heart of the city.
ADJ. candid; blunt. The candidate was too outspoken to be a successful politici8an; he had not yet learned to weigh his words carefully;
V. surpass; outdo. Jesse Owens easily outstripped his competitors to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games.
V. outsmart; trick. By disguising himself as an old woman, Holmes was able to outwit his pursuers and escape capture.
N. enthusiastic applause. When placido Domingo came on stage in the first act of La Boheme, he was greeted by a tremendous ovation.
ADJ. bossy; arrogant; decisively important. Certain of her own importance and of the unimportance of everyone else, Lady Bracknell was intolerably overbearing in manner. "In choosing a husband," she said, "good birth is of overbearing importance; compared to that, neither wealth nor talent signifies."
ADJ. open to view. According to the United States Constitution, a person must commit an overt act before he may be tried for treason.
ADJ. presumptuous; arrogant. His overweening pride in his accomplishments was not justified.