-ous, -ious, -eous

(Latin: full of or having the qualities of; in chemistry, a suffix denoting that the element indicated by the name bearing it, has a valence lower than that denoted by the termination -ic; as, nitrous, sulphurous, etc., as contrasted with nitric, sulphuric, etc.)

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obnoxious (adjective), more obnoxious, most obnoxious
1. Highly objectionable or offensive; odious: Mary's obnoxious behavior in the English class could be tolerated no longer; so, she was sent to the principal's office.
2. Annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself: Brian's little boy was an obnoxious little brat.
3. Etymology: from Latin obnoxius, "exposed to harm" was the original meaning of obnoxious in English, in the sixteenth century.

The current meaning dates from the seventeenth century, and came to develop its sense because of its association with noxious so that for a time it actually meant "harmful", as noxious does.

Very disagreeable or offensive.
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Very unpleasant or extremely objectionable.
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"Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious."

—Letitia E. Landon, author (1802-1838)
obsequious (adjective), more obsequious, most obsequious
1. Characterized by someone who is excessively obedient or who is too willing to comply with the wishes of other people: Jane and Jim were served in the hotel by obsequious employees who were striving to fulfill all the desires that they indicated.
2. A reference to those who are overly eager to help or to obey anyone who is important or well-known: The famous singer was surrounded by obsequious fans who were willing to do almost anything that she wanted them to accomplish.
Complying or easily agreeing to any request by another person.
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Too eager to help or to obey another person.
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Overly submissive or willing to serve others.
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obvious (adjective), more obvious, most obvious
1. Easily perceived or understood.
2. Eeasily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind.
obviously (adverb), more obviously, most obviously
Descriptive of something that is easy to see, to understand, or to recognize: Mary obviously enjoys the kind of work that she does.

Samuel is obviously not the sales woman's real name.

obviousness (s) (noun), obviousnesses (pl)
In botany, having eight pistils.
1. Hateful, inspiring hatred, contempt, or disgust; detestable, odious, offensive, repellent.
2. Arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure.
3. Etymology: from Anglo-French odious, from Old French odieus (1376, Modern French odieux); from Latin odiosus, "hateful" from odium, "hatred".
1. Emitting a smell or scent; scented, odoriferous; quite often, sweet-smelling; fragrant.
2. Having an odor, a scent, or a fragrance.
officious (adjective), more officious, most officious
Intruding and interfering with suggestions or actions that are not wanted or being annoyingly eager to do more than is required or needed: Officious people are considered to be "busybodies" who apparently think their opinions are wanted or desired even when others have no desire to be bothered.
Services that are not asked for nor needed.
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Offering unnecessary advice.
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volunteering one's services where they are neither asked for nor wanted.
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ominous (adjective), more ominous, most ominous
A reference to something that threatens evil or harm; inauspicious: Shirley saw an ominous group of dark clouds coming in her direction as she was going for a walk in the park.

Mrs. Jackson told her students that the ominous weather meant that they might have to go home earlier than usual.

A threatening situation.
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Indicative of future calamity.
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omnivorous (adjective), more omnivorous, most omnivorous
1. Pertaining to an animal that consumes a wide variety of foods; such as, insects, leaves, seeds, meat, vegetables, and fruits: Goats are known to be omnivorous animals that eat just about everything, including cardboard boxes!
2. Relating to anyone who has very wide interests and will read, study, or generally absorb or be interested in just about anything that is available: Henry, who is 80 years old, has been an omnivorous reader for most of his life.
Devouring everything.
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onerous (ON uhr uhs, OH nuhr uhs) (adjective), more onerous, most onerous
1. Representing a great burden or much trouble: Sometimes Gerda felt like it was an onerous responsibility to be a mother and a full-time worker at the same time.
2. A reference to obligations that are more disadvantageous than advantageous: Hesther made an onerous promise to care for her neighbor's cat before she realized that it didn't like her.
3. Troublesome or oppressive; burdensome: When asked to mow the neighbor's lawn, Mark said it was not an onerous request and he was happy to do the work for the elderly lady.
4. The figuratively heavy load imposed by something irksome or annoying: Pearson walked as if he were carrying an onerous burden on his back because he was bent over and was trudging along so slowly.
5. Relating to obligations or responsibilities; especially, legal ones, that outweigh the advantages: Henry realized that he had signed an onerous agreement when he found out that he was obligated to pay back his debts with a specific amount every month.
6. In law, involving obligations that exceed advantages: The terms of the woman's will appeared to be onerous for her two children because they would have to let their mother's sister decide how much income they would be allowed to spend.
7. Etymology: from Old French (h)onereus (14th century, Modern French onéreux), from Latin onerosus, from onus, oner-, "burden".
Relating to being burdensome or oppressive.
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A reference to being troublesome.
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