All the essential words-11 – 500 Words

off

from a particular thing or place or position

necessary

absolutely essential

occasion

an event that occurs at a critical time

opinion

a personal belief or judgment

operate

perform as expected when applied

obtain

come into possession of

original

preceding all others in time

opportune

suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose

opportunity

a possibility from a favorable combination of circumstances

opposite

being directly across from each other

necessity

the condition of being essential or indispensable

nurse

one skilled in caring for young children or the sick

novel

an extended fictional work in prose

naturally

in a natural or normal manner

origin

the place where something begins

murmur

a low continuous indistinct sound

nevertheless

despite anything to the contrary

narrate

provide commentary for a film, for example

mutter

talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice

mode

how something is done or how it happens

network

an open fabric woven together at regular intervals

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

oath

a solemn promise regarding your future acts or behavior

nominate

propose as a candidate for some honor

mock

treat with contempt

opponent

someone who offers resistance

modify

cause to change; make different

narrative

an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

obligate

force somebody to do something

naval

connected with an organization of military vessels

nonsense

a message that seems to convey no meaning

navigate

direct carefully and safely

offensive

unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

outrage

a disgraceful event

notable

worthy of notice

negate

make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

orate

make speeches

option

one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

ordain

invest with ministerial or priestly authority

neutral

having no personal preference

Norman

an inhabitant of Normandy

mobile

moving or capable of moving readily

nowhere

not anywhere; in or at or to no place

obstinate

marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

mystic

beyond ordinary understanding

morality

the quality of being in accord with right or good conduct

muse

reflect deeply on a subject

occurrence

an instance of something happening

overthrow

rule against

mute

expressed without speech

myth

a traditional story serving to explain a world view

originate

come into existence; take on form or shape

monastery

the residence of a religious community

noisy

full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds

momentary

lasting for a markedly brief time

operator

an agent that operates some apparatus or machine

municipal

relating to a self-governing district

nourish

provide with sustenance

objective

the goal intended to be attained

outfit

a set of clothing

monarchy

autocracy governed by a ruler who usually inherits authority

odds

the likelihood of a thing occurring

oversee

watch and direct

nomination

the act of officially naming a candidate

optimism

the hopeful feeling that all is going to turn out well

notorious

known widely and usually unfavorably

odor

any property detected by the sense of smell

obstruct

block passage through

orator

a person who delivers a speech

modification

the act of making something different

mortify

cause to feel shame

outlook

an attitude that determines how you respond to situations

muster

gather or bring together

mutiny

open rebellion against constituted authority

outlaw

a criminal, especially one on the run from police

novelty

originality by virtue of being refreshingly new

nationality

the status of belonging to a particular country

outbreak

a sudden occurrence or increase of something undesirable

orthodox

adhering to what is commonly accepted

nowadays

in these times

occupant

someone who lives at a particular place for a long period

ominous

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

overpower

defeat by superior force

ordinance

an authoritative rule

monopoly

a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller

oblivion

the state of being disregarded or forgotten

odium

hate coupled with disgust

monotonous

sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch

mortality

the quality or state of being subject to death

nominal

relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name

motto

a favorite saying of a sect or political group

noiseless

making no sound

muffle

deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

mythology

the body of stories associated with a culture or institution

outburst

an unrestrained expression of emotion

monetary

relating to or involving money

negligent

characterized by undue lack of attention or concern

mortar

a vessel in which substances can be ground with a pestle

morbid

suggesting the horror of death and decay

noticeable

capable of being detected

overturn

cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

odious

unequivocally detestable

observance

conformity with law, custom, or practice

overhang

project over

overhaul

make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to

ordeal

a severe or trying experience

obsess

be preoccupied with something

myriad

a large indefinite number

moderation

the quality of avoiding extremes

ode

a lyric poem with complex stanza forms

mockery

showing your contempt by derision

oratory

addressing an audience formally

nimble

moving quickly and lightly

molecule

the simplest structural unit of an element or compound

nestle

move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position

nude

completely unclothed

overseer

a person who directs and manages an organization

momentum

the product of a body’s mass and its velocity

outrageous

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

outright

without reservation or concealment

obliterate

remove completely from recognition or memory

ostentation

pretentious or showy or vulgar display

motivate

give an incentive for action

nominee

a politician who is running for public office

nutrition

the organic process of nourishing or being nourished

orient

the eastern hemisphere

omission

leaving out or passing over something

monotony

the quality of wearisome constancy and lack of variety

outpost

a military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops

mutilate

destroy or injure severely

obstruction

any structure that makes progress difficult

optional

possible but not necessary; left to personal choice

oblique

slanting or inclined in direction or course or position

nova

a star that ejects some of its material in the form of a cloud and become more luminous in the process

outskirt

a part of the city far removed from the center

notch

a small cut

operative

producing a desired effect

outskirts

outlying areas, as of a city or town

nuisance

anything that disturbs, endangers life, or is offensive

overture

orchestral music at the beginning of an opera or musical

outcry

a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

obstinacy

resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires

momentous

of very great significance

oust

remove from a position or office

nourishment

the act of nourishing

obtrude

push to thrust outward

necessitate

require as useful, just, or proper

mountainous

containing many mountains

overshadow

cast a shadow upon

nucleus

a part of the cell responsible for growth and reproduction

outcast

a person who is rejected (from society or home)

motley

consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

nameless

being or having an unknown or unnamed source

oration

an instance of formal speaking

optic

of or relating to or resembling the eye

obsolete

no longer in use

negligence

failure to act with the prudence of a reasonable person

mountaineer

someone who climbs mountains

observatory

a building equipped to view astronomical phenomena

ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

omnipotent

having unlimited power

nip

sever or remove by pinching

novice

someone new to a field or activity

overrun

seize the position of and defeat

needy

poor enough to need help from others

morale

a state of individual psychological well-being

mouthful

the quantity that can be held in the mouth

oral

using speech rather than writing

ooze

pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings

monastic

of communal life sequestered under religious vows

nurture

provide with nourishment

obese

excessively fat

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

nausea

the state that precedes vomiting

occult

supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

opulent

rich and superior in quality

observant

quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception

oblong

deviating from a shape by being elongated in one direction

moat

ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water

nettle

plant having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation

obnoxious

causing disapproval or protest

nibble

bite off very small pieces

obtrusive

sticking out; protruding

optics

the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of light

outspoken

given to expressing yourself freely or insistently

oblivious

lacking conscious awareness of

municipality

a local district having powers of self-government

onslaught

an offensive against an enemy

onset

the beginning or early stages

ordnance

military supplies

monumental

of outstanding significance

naive

marked by or showing unaffected simplicity

narration

giving an account describing a course of events

muddle

make clouded as with sediment

nocturnal

belonging to or active during the night

moccasin

soft leather shoe; originally worn by Native Americans

orthodoxy

the quality of adhering to what is commonly accepted

navigable

able to be sailed on or through safely

narrator

someone who tells a story

nebula

an immense cloud of gas and dust in interstellar space

numerical

of or relating to or denoting numerals

outlive

live longer than

opaque

not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy

moralist

a philosopher who specializes in ideas of right and wrong

molten

reduced to liquid form by heating

notoriety

the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality

noose

a loop formed in a cord or rope by means of a slipknot

nautical

relating to ships or navigation

modernize

make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to

outdo

be or do something to a greater degree

morose

showing a brooding ill humor

murky

clouded as with sediment

nasal

of or in or relating to the nose

orgy

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking

ointment

skin cream that has a soothing, moisturizing effect

officiate

perform a ceremony or religious ritual

nonchalant

marked by blithe unconcern

mulatto

an offspring of a black and a white parent

oscillate

move or swing from side to side regularly

nostalgic

unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things

outweigh

be more important or signficant than

neutralize

make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

nil

a quantity of no importance

obesity

the condition of being excessively overweight

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

mosaic

design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass

outwit

beat through cleverness

nicety

conformity with some aesthetic standard of correctness

nether

lower

modulate

fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of

munificent

very generous

octave

a musical interval of eight tones

negation

the speech act of denying or refusing

musty

covered with or smelling of mold

norm

a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical

nestling

young bird not yet fledged

noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

monologue

a dramatic speech by a single actor

obviate

do away with

outstrip

go far ahead of

opus

a musical work that has been created

ovation

enthusiastic recognition

nullify

declare invalid

oaken

consisting of or made of wood of the oak tree

obtuse

of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

ogre

(folklore) a giant who likes to eat human beings

oatmeal

porridge made of rolled oats

nectar

a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators

officious

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

ornate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

oligarchy

a political system governed by a few people

mural

a painting that is applied to a wall surface

oddity

eccentricity that is not easily explained

omnipotence

the state of having unlimited power

obituary

a notice of someone’s death

moratorium

suspension of an ongoing activity

outlandish

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

outgoing

at ease in talking to others

obeisance

bending the head or body in reverence or submission

obligatory

required by compulsion or convention

needlework

work that is done with a needle

overt

open and observable; not secret or hidden

monition

cautionary advice about something imminent

multiplicity

the property of having more than one part or entity

ordination

the act of conferring holy orders

mollify

cause to be more favorably inclined

mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

mottled

having spots or patches of color

octagon

a shape with eight angles and eight sides

mutinous

characterized by a rebellion against authority

orifice

an opening, especially one that opens into a bodily cavity

nomad

a member of a people who have no permanent home

out-of-the-way

remote from populous or much-traveled regions

overbearing

having or showing arrogant superiority to

negligible

so small as to be meaningless; insignificant

mutation

a change or alteration in form or qualities

omniscient

infinitely wise

optimist

a person disposed to take a favorable view of things

nunnery

the convent of a community of nuns

obelisk

a stone pillar tapering towards a pyramidal top

nuptial

of or relating to a wedding

mongrel

derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine

octavo

the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves

monograph

a detailed and documented treatise on a particular subject

nostalgia

longing for something past

opulence

wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

monosyllable

a word or utterance of one syllable

nomenclature

a system of words used to name things in a discipline

moonbeam

a ray of moonlight

nutrient

any substance that can be metabolized to give energy

nutritious

of or providing nourishment

moot

of no legal significance, as having been previously decided

monstrosity

a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed

mote

a tiny piece of anything

mores

the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group

oratorio

a musical composition for voices and orchestra

ogle

stare or look at, especially with amorous intentions

omnipresent

existing everywhere at once

odorous

having a characteristic aroma

moralize

express judgments as to right and wrong; sermonize

nebulous

lacking definite form or limits

neurotic

affected by worry due to a mental disturbance

motif

a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

nondescript

lacking distinct or individual characteristics

opprobrium

a state of extreme dishonor

neurology

the branch of medical science that deals with the nervous system

nomadic

migratory

muted

in a softened tone

nefarious

extremely wicked

orientation

the act of determining one’s position

orthography

representing the sounds of a language by written symbols

offshoot

a natural consequence of development

natty

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

onerous

burdensome or difficult to endure

nascent

being born or beginning

moderator

someone who presides over a forum or debate

nutritive

of or providing nourishment

monotheism

belief in a single God

oracular

of or relating to prophecy or someone who tells the future

nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

munificence

liberality in bestowing gifts

neuter

having no or imperfectly developed or nonfunctional sex organs

overdose

dose too heavily

nonchalance

the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care

monogram

a graphic symbol consisting of 2 or more letters combined

opiate

a narcotic drug

overdo

do something to an excessive degree

nutriment

a source of materials to nourish the body

mountebank

a flamboyant deceiver

morgue

a building or room where dead bodies are kept before burial

overreach

fail by aiming too high or trying too hard

obstetrics

the branch of medicine dealing with childbirth and care of the mother

necromancy

conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying

narrow-minded

lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view

monotone

an unchanging intonation

nauseate

upset and make ill

nauseous

causing a sick feeling

Occident

the countries of Europe and North America and South America

objector

a person who dissents from some established policy

noisome

causing or able to cause nausea

outlast

live longer than

neophyte

any new participant in some activity

obsessive

characterized by an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation

natal

relating to or accompanying birth

offhand

with little or no preparation or forethought

muffler

a tubular acoustic device inserted in the exhaust system that is designed to reduce noise

morphology

the study of the structure of animals and plants

nirvana

the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation

muleteer

a worker who drives mules

optimum

most desirable possible under a restriction

nonplus

be a mystery or bewildering to

multifarious

having many aspects

niggardly

petty or reluctant in giving or spending

mordant

harshly ironic or sinister

navel

a scar where the umbilical cord was attached

nostrum

patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable

monogamy

having only one spouse at a time

obloquy

state of disgrace resulting from public abuse

outreach

the act of reaching out

overlord

a person who has general authority over others

mogul

a very wealthy or powerful businessperson

mystification

confusion resulting from failure to understand

nonentity

a person of no influence

nadir

the lowest point of anything

moribund

being on the point of death

omniscience

the state or quality of having infinite knowledge

modicum

a small or moderate or token amount

modernity

the quality of being current or of the present

nexus

the means of connection between things linked in series

overtone

(usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality

ocular

relating to or resembling the eye

monomania

a mania restricted to one thing or idea

overpay

pay too much

neglectful

not showing due care or attention

nihilist

someone who rejects all theories of morality

obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant

opprobrious

expressing offensive reproach

monitory

serving to warn

olfactory

of or relating to the sense of smell

narcissism

an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself

ostracism

the act of excluding someone from society by general consent

modish

in the current fashion or style

odoriferous

emitting a smell, especially an unpleasant smell

nib

the writing point of a pen

Narcissus

(Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection

out-and-out

complete and without restriction or qualification

opportunist

a person who places expediency above principle

operetta

a short amusing opera

onus

a burdensome or difficult concern

orison

reverent petition to a deity

octogenarian

being from 80 to 89 years old

ornithologist

a scientist who studies birds

negotiable

able to be arranged by compromise

ossify

become bony

nit

egg or young of an insect parasitic on mammals especially a sucking louse; often attached to a hair or item of clothing

orthopedic

of or relating to the treatment of bones or joints

necromancer

one who practices magic or sorcery

monolith

a single great stone, often in the form of a column

noncommittal

refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of action

overblown

puffed up with vanity

oakum

loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes

opalescent

having a play of lustrous rainbow colors

oculist

a person skilled in testing for defects of vision

myopic

unable to see distant objects clearly

obsolescent

becoming disused or outdated

nectarine

a variety or mutation of the peach that has a smooth skin

ostracize

expel from a community or group

obstetrician

a physician specializing in childbirth

mulct

money extracted as a penalty

outmoded

out of fashion

omnivorous

feeding on both plants and animals

multiform

occurring in or having many shapes or appearances

monochrome

having or appearing to have only one color

naphtha

a volatile, flammable liquid made of hydrocarbons

outrigger

a stabilizer for a canoe

overpass

bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels

neural

of or relating to the nervous system

overleap

jump across or leap over (an obstacle)

overeat

overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

obsidian

glass formed by the cooling of lava without crystallization

optician

a worker who makes glasses for remedying defects of vision

objurgate

censure severely

necropolis

a tract of land used for burials

nepotism

favoritism shown to relatives or friends by those in power

odyssey

a long wandering and eventful journey

monolithic

imposing in size or bulk or solidity

Neolithic

latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)

oaf

an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person

muggy

hot or warm and humid

musky

resembling the smell of an odorous perfume

nugatory

of no real value

nemesis

something causing misery or death

osseous

composed of or containing bone

overproduction

too much production or more than expected

onrush

a forceful forward rush or flow

obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

normalcy

the state of being within the range of regular functioning

molt

cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

molt

cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

Newtonian

of or relating to or inspired by Sir Isaac Newton or his science

nonpareil

model of excellence or perfection of a kind

negligee

a loose dressing gown for women

moodiness

a sullen gloomy feeling

multilingual

using or knowing more than one language

niggle

worry unnecessarily or excessively

narcissistic

having an inflated idea of one’s own importance

obsolescence

falling into disuse or becoming out of date

necrosis

the localized death of living cells

occlude

block passage through

numeration

the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

ordinal

being or denoting a numerical order in a series

mollycoddle

treat with excessive indulgence

outride

ride better, faster, or further than

osculate

kiss

nubile

(of young women) attractive and eligible to marry

optometry

the practice of an optometrist

neologism

a newly invented word or phrase

monochromatic

having or appearing to have only one color

nonplused

filled with bewilderment

narcissist

someone who is excessively self-centered

optometrist

a person skilled in testing for defects of vision

mortician

one whose business is the management of funerals

orthopedist

a specialist in correcting deformities of the skeletal system (especially in children)

onomatopoeia

using words that imitate the sound they denote

mnemonics

a method or system for improving the memory

opalescence

the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface

occluded

closed off

numismatist

a collector and student of money, especially coins

opaqueness

the quality of being opaque to a degree

motility

ability to move spontaneously and independently

necrology

a list of people who died recently

neology

a newly invented word or phrase

mobocracy

a political system in which a mob is the source of control

orthogonal

meeting at right angles

natation

the act of someone who swims or floats in the water

nefariousness

the quality of being wicked

mordacious

biting or given to biting

monocracy

a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

paganism

a religion outside of mainstream monotheism

outstretched

fully extended especially in length

obechi

large west African tree having large palmately lobed leaves and axillary cymose panicles of small white flowers and one-winged seeds; yields soft white to pale yellow wood

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

neo-Darwinism

a modern Darwinian theory that explains new species in terms of genetic mutations

noncombatant

a member of the armed forces who does not participate in combat (e.g. a chaplain or surgeon)

nonresident

someone who does not live in a particular place

Neo-Latin

Latin since the Renaissance

ricrac

a narrow zigzag ribbon used as trimming

olive branch

something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace

obverse

the more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides

nominate

propose as a candidate for some honor

novelette

a short novel

Monsieur

used as a French courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr’

nonexistent

not having being or actuality

orgy

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking

melange

a motley assortment of things

naivete

lack of sophistication or worldliness

mutability

the quality of being capable of mutation

overstrain

strain excessively

aught

a quantity of no importance
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