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obstetrician
n. physician specializing in delivery of babies
obstreperous
adj. boisterous; noisy


Obstreperous hord of drunken college students
obtrude
v. push (oneself or one's ideas)

She was reluctant to obtrude her opinions on him
obtuse
adj. blunt; stupid


he's so obtuse that he doesn't even know it when you're insulting him
obviate
v. make unnecessary; get rid of

this obviates the need for...
occident
n. the West


It will take time for the Occident to understand the ways of the Orient
occult
adj. mysterious; secret; supernatural

the occult rites of the organization
oculist
n. physician who specializes in the treatment of the eyes
odious
adj. hateful; vile (offensive, bad, disgusting)

odious habit of popping their zits in public
odium
n. detestation; hatefulness; disrepute

Prince Charming could not express the odium he felt towards Cinderella's stepsisters
odoriferous
adj. giving off an odor

the odoriferous spices...
odorous
adj. having an odor


the tea rose is odorous
odyssey
n. long, eventful journey
offhand
adj. casual; done w/o prior thought

Expecting to be treated w/ due propriety by her hosts, she was offended by their offhand manner
officious
adj. meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services


Even though she wanted to nap, the officious bellboy insisted in showing her all the amenities at the hotel
ogle
v. look at amorously; make eyes at


he ogled at the pretty girls
oligarchy
n. government by a privileged few
ominous
adj. threatening

ominous clouds
omniscient
adj. all-knowing
omnivorous
adj. eating both plant and animal food; devouring everything
onerous
adj. burdensome

he work was too onerous
onomatopoeia
n. words formed in imitation of natural sounds
onslaught
n. vicious assault


unexpected onslaught of enemy troops
onus
n. burden; responsibility

the emperor was spared the onus of signing the surrender papers
opalescent
adj. iridescent (lustrous colors like the rainbow); lustrous (shiny)

the shell was opalescent
opaque
adj. dark; not tranparent


opaque window shade kept sunlight out of the room
opiate
n. medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction.
opportunist
n. individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances
opprobrium
n. infamy; vilificaiton (slander)

slander and opprobrium hurled against him by the newspapers
optician
n. maker and seller of eyeglasses
optometrist
n. one who fits glasses to remedy visual defects


can't use medicines or surgery
opulence
n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
opus
n. work

He did not regard the 5th Symphony as his major opus
oracular
adj. prophetic; uttered as if w/ divine authority; mysterious or ambiguous

an oracular warning
oratorio
n. dramatic poem set to music
ordain
v. decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine


the king ordained..
fate had ordained their meeting
ordeal
n. severe trial or affliction (state of pain/misery)

she was so shy that it was an ordeal for her to speak up in class
ordinance
n. decree (a formal, authoritative order)


running a red light is a violation of city ordinance
ordination
n. ceremony conferring holy orders
orgy
n. wild, drunken revelry (boisterous merrymaking); unrestrained indulgence


she indulged in an orgy of shopping
orient
get one's bearings (manner in which one carries himself); adjust

orienting himself to the city
orifice
n. mouthlike opening; small opening


a cold wind was issuing from an orifice in the hillside
ornate
adj. excessively or elaborately decorated

furniture of the Baroque period was highly ornate
ornithologist
n. scientific student of birds
orthodox
adj. traditional; conservative in belief
orthography
n. correct spelling

English orthography is hard to master
osseous
adj. made of bone; bony
ostensible
adj. apparent; professed; pretended


Although the ostensible purpose of this expedition is to discover new lands, we are really interested in finding gold.
oust
v. expel; drive out


can we oust him from office?
outlandish
adj. bizarre; eculiar; unconventional


outlandish behavior
outmoded
adj. no longer stylish; old-fashioned

outmoded clothes
outspoken
adj. candid; blunt


the candidate was too outspoken to be a successful politician; he had not yet learned to weigh his words carefully
outstrip
v. surpass; outdo

he outstripped his competitors to win the Gold
overbearing
adj. bossy; arrogant; decisively important

good birth is of overbearing importance
overt
adj. open to view

a person must commit an overt act before being tried for treason
overweening
adj. presumptuous (unwarrantedly bold); arrogant


His overweening pride in his accompliishments was not justified