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operose (OP-uh-roas) adjective
1. Tedious; diligent.
2. Requiring great effort.
[From Latin operosus (laborious, painstaking; active), from oper-, from opus (work). Ultimately from the Indo-European root op- (to work, produce) that is also the ancestor of words such as opera, opulent, optimum, maneuver, and manure.]
"He (David Brown) is an operose Bachelor of Music, with a reading
knowledge of Russian acquired in the national service, who has never
been to Russia."
"'How do you feel?' asked Carol. 'Old, operose and obese,' he said
pointing to his paunchy stomach."
From the most noble soul to the most dastardly individual, we all share traits that extend over the spectrum. It would be rare to find a person who can be completely characterized by a single word. This week AWAD discusses five adjectives that will help you describe people you may encounter. Can you see the face of a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker in these assorted arrangements of the alphabet?
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. -Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)
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