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noisome
adjective

offensive, especially to one's sense of smell, fetid
nostrum
noun

cure all, placebo, questionable remedy
obfuscate
verb

to deliberately obscure, to make confusing
obsequious
adjective

subservient, exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
obstreperous
adjective

noisy, loudly stubborn, boisterous
obtain
verb

to be established, accepted, or customary, prevail
obviate
verb

to anticipate and make unncessary
occlude
verb

to obstruct or block
occult
adjective

hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension

(also a verb = to hide)
officious
adjective

meddlesome, pushy in offering one's services where they are unwanted
opprobrium
noun

disgrace, contempt, scorn
overweening
adjective

presumptuously arrogant, overbearing, immoderate
panegyric
noun

formal or elaborate praise
parry
verb

to block, evade or ward off, as a blow
parsimonious
adjective

cheap, miserly
paucity
adjective

scarcity, a lacking of
peccadillo
noun

a slight offence, literally, a minor sin
pedantic
adjective

ostentatious display of learning, excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules, unimaginative

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