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159 Cards in this Set

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beatify v
To make supremely happy
beatitude n
Any state of great happiness
beau n
An escort or lover
becalm v
To make quiet
beck v
To give a signal to, by nod or gesture
bedaub v
To smear over, as with something oily or sticky
bedeck v
To cover with ornament
bedlam n
befog v
To confuse
befriend v
To be a friend to, especially when in need
beget v
To produce by sexual generation
begrudge v
To envy one of the possession of
belate v
To delay past the proper hour
belay v
To make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat
belie v
To misrepresent
believe v
To accept as true on the testimony or authority of others
belittle v
To disparage
belle n
A woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc
bellicose adj
belligerent adj
Manifesting a warlike spirit
bemoan v
To lament
benediction n
a solemn invocation of the divine blessing
benefactor n
A doer of kindly and charitable acts
benefice n
A church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service
beneficent adj
Characterized by charity and kindness
beneficial adj
beneficiary n
One who is lawfully entitled to the profits and proceeds of an estate or property
benefit n
Helpful result
benevolence n
Any act of kindness or well-doing
benevolent adj
Loving others and actively desirous of their well-being
benign adj
Good and kind of heart
benignant adj
Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect
benignity n
Kindness of feeling, disposition, or manner
benison n
bequeath v
To give by will
bereave v
To make desolate with loneliness and grief
berth n
A bunk or bed in a vessel, sleeping-car, etc
beseech v
To implore
beset v
To attack on all sides
besmear v
To smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance
bestial adj
bestrew v
To sprinkle or cover with things strewn
bestride v
To get or sit upon astride, as a horse
bethink v
To remind oneself
betide v
To happen to or befall
betimes adv
In good season or time
betroth v
To engage to marry
betrothal n
Engagement to marry
bevel n
Any inclination of two surfaces other than 90 degrees
bewilder v
To confuse the perceptions or judgment of
bibliomania n
The passion for collecting books
bibliography n
A list of the words of an author, or the literature bearing on a particular subject
bibliophile n
One who loves books
bibulous adj
Fond of drinking
bide v
To await
biennial n
A plant that produces leaves and roots the first year and flowers and fruit the second
bier n
A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave
bigamist n
One who has two spouses at the same time
bigamy n
The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living
bight n
A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line
bilateral adj
bilingual adj
Speaking two languages
biograph n
A bibliographical sketch or notice
biography n
A written account of one's life, actions, and character
biology n
The science of life or living organisms
biped n
An animal having two feet
birthright n
A privilege or possession into which one is born
bitterness n
Acridity, as to the taste
blase adj
Sated with pleasure
blaspheme v
To indulge in profane oaths
blatant adj
Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous
blaze n
A vivid glowing flame
blazon v
To make widely or generally known
bleak adj
blemish n
A mark that mars beauty
blithe adj
blithesome adj
blockade n
The shutting up of a town, a frontier, or a line of coast by hostile forces
boatswain n
A subordinate officer of a vessel, who has general charge of the rigging, anchors, etc
bodice n
A women's ornamental corset-shaped laced waist
bodily adj
boisterous adj
Unchecked merriment or animal spirits
bole n
The trunk or body of a tree
bolero n
A Spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompanied by caste nets and singing
boll n
A round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton
bolster v
To support, as something wrong
bomb n
A hollow projectile containing an explosive material
bombard v
To assail with any missile or with abusive speech
bombardier n
A person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells
bombast n
Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects
boorish adj
bore v
To weary by tediousness or dullness
borough n
An incorporated village or town
bosom n
The breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman
botanical adj
Connected with the study or cultivation of plants
botanize v
To study plant-life
botany n
The science that treats of plants
bountiful adj
Showing abundance
Bowdlerize v
To expurgate in editing (a literary composition) by omitting words or passages
bowler n
In cricket, the player who delivers the ball
boycott v
To place the products or merchandise of under a ban
brae n
braggart n
A vain boaster
brandish v
To wave, shake, or flourish triumphantly or defiantly, as a sword or spear
bravado n
An aggressive display of boldness
bravo interj
Well done
bray n
A loud harsh sound, as the cry of an ass or the blast of a horn
braze v
To make of or ornament with brass
brazier n
An open pan or basin for holding live coals
breach n
The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation
breaker n
One who trains horses, dogs, etc
breech n
The buttocks
brethren n
Pl Members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like
brevity n
Shortness of duration
bric-a-brac n
Objects of curiosity or for decoration
bridle n
The head-harness of a horse consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and the reins
brigade n
A body of troops consisting of two or more regiments
brigadier n
General officer who commands a brigade, ranking between a colonel and a major-general
brigand n
One who lives by robbery and plunder
brimstone n
brine n
Water saturated with salt
bristle n
One of the coarse, stiff hairs of swine: used in brush-making, etc
Britannia n
The United Kingdom of Great Britain
Briticism n
A word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of Great Britain or the British
brittle adj
broach v
To mention, for the first time
broadcast adj
Disseminated far and wide
brogan n
A coarse, heavy shoe
brogue n
Any dialectic pronunciation of English, especially that of the Irish people
brokerage n
The business of making sales and purchases for a commission; a broker
bromine n
A dark reddish-brown, non-metallic liquid element with a suffocating odor
bronchitis n
Inflammation of the bronchial tubes
bronchus n
Either of the two subdivisions of the trachea conveying air into the lungs
brooch n
An article of jewelry fastened by a hinged pin and hook on the underside
brotherhood n
Spiritual or social fellowship or solidarity
browbeat v
To overwhelm, or attempt to do so, by stern, haughty, or rude address or manner
brusque adj
Somewhat rough or rude in manner or speech
buffoon n
A clown
buffoonery n
Low drollery, coarse jokes, etc
bulbous adj
Of, or pertaining to, or like a bulb
bullock n
An ox
bulrush n
Any one of various tall rush-like plants growing in damp ground or water
bulwark n
Anything that gives security or defense
bumper n
A cup or glass filled to the brim, especially one to be drunk as a toast or health
bumptious adj
Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit
bungle v
To execute clumsily
buoyancy n
Power or tendency to float on or in a liquid or gas
buoyant adj
Having the power or tendency to float or keep afloat
bureau n
A chest of drawers for clothing, etc
bureaucracy n
Government by departments of men transacting particular branches of public business
burgess n
In colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland or Virginia
burgher n
An inhabitant, citizen or freeman of a borough burgh, or corporate town
burnish v
To make brilliant or shining
bursar n
A treasurer
bustle v
To hurry
butt v
To strike with or as with the head, or horns
butte n
A conspicuous hill, low mountain, or natural turret, generally isolated
buttress n
Any support or prop
by-law n
A rule or law adopted by an association, a corporation, or the like