A to Z Challenge: O



Obdurate
Definition: showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings.
Sentence: Mr. Oldstone, in particular, exhausted all his powers of persuasion to yet delay his departure, but he found him obdurate. 
     — M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)

Obfuscate
Definition: make obscure or unclear.
Sentence: Yet as we tried to understand, there always seemed to be an obfuscating layer: something or someone was working against comprehension. 
                  — Time (Dec 11, 2010)

Obloquy
Definition: state of disgrace resulting from public abuse.
Sentence: Thus public men are content to leave their reputation to posterity; great reactions take place in opinion; nay, sometimes men outlive opposition and obloquy. 
          — John Henry Cardinal Newman

Oligarchy
Definition: a political system governed by a few people.
Sentence: The track management of this particular university was an oligarchy; was governed by a few absolute individuals. 
           — J. N. Marchand

Orthogonal
Definition: having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles.
Sentences: His love of the orthogonal, which like 1980s dance moves once verged on the robotic, is relaxing into less pure angles. 
          — The Guardian (Sep 19, 2010)

As a side note, my fiance has taken it upon himself to help me learn new words as well.  He has texted me or sent me Facebook messages with random words and links to their meanings.  I would just like to say that this is not always helpful.  I like to learn but what people think you would be interested in knowing is not always true.

Have a great day guys.

Comments

  1. Aw, you have a helper? That is sweet - he's making an attempt! Tell him Cherdo said you seem to have it under control. He can spend his time getting flowers or dinner reservations.

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  2. Obloquy is a new one to me; looks like it'd come in useful in a game of Scrabble. ;-)

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