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beleaguered
adj.
constantly confronted with obstacles, beset with many troubles, embattled.

"the beleaguered actor will have to overcome many obstacles to become famous."
belie
v.
to disprove or demonstrate to be false.

"by laughing, the man belied his sadness"
belligerent
adj.
aggresive, eager to start a fight, war-like

"the school bully was very belligerent"
bete noire (bet nwahr)
n.
something one does not like or is scared of.

"the student was afraid to take the SAT. it was his bete noire."
bigamy
n.
the crime of taking marriage vows while still legally married to someone else

"her husband was guilty of bigamy because he married another woman."
bilk
v.
to cheat or swindle

"the car salesman made a lot of money bilking his customers"
binary
adj.
consisting of two parts or elements

"10 is a binary number"
biogenesis
n.
the process of life coming from other living things

"a cow giving birth to a calf is biogenesis"
bipolar
possessing two sides, having two opposite extremes

"the bipolar man had dramatic mood swings"
bilateral
adj.
involving or pertaining to both sides of something

"the bilateral agreement affected both sides"
blase (blah-zay)
unimpressed; bored.

"after watching the movie for the 5th time the boy was blase"
blather
v.
to talk ridiculously, to talk nonsense or discuss meaningless issues.

"they blathered for hours about the soap opera that was on the night before."
canard
n.
false rumor, a fabrication or unfounded story

"someone spread a canard that the girl was a drug addict, when she really wasn't."
candor
n.
openness or honesty

"the man spoke with candor during his trial."
canonical
adj.
conforming to established law, esp. church.

"the canonical requirements of being a nun are very strict."
capacious
adj.
spacious or capable of holding a lot of something.

"the capacious auditorium could hold 1,000 people."
caveat emptor
latin expression/phrase
let the buyer beware. warning that swindles and misrepresentation are common in the world of commerce.

"the girl bought something for a high price on ebay and regretted it: caveat emptor!"
cavil
v.
to find fault in trivial matters or raise petty objections. to unnecissarily find fault with something.

"the librarian cavilled about the book being returned 1 minute late"
celerity
n.
speed; swiftness of action or motion. (comes from accelerate)

"the waiter brought the food with celerity, leaving his customers impressed."
celibacy
n.
the act of abstaining from sexual activity. abstinance from sexual relations.

"the priest was commited to a life of celibacy"
censure
n.
disapproval or blame.

"the bad behavior of the senator led to censure from the rest of the senate."
cessation
n.
the act of bringing to an end.

"the cessation of smoking in the building will make it easier to breathe."
chagrin
n.
a feeling of humiliation or embarrassment

"to the boy's chagrin, he was rejected by all the colleges he applied to."
charismatic
adj.
possessing good qualities like condfidence, authority, leadership, and overall personal appeal.

"the charismatic politician won over the audience with his speech."
despondency
n
depression; lost courage or hope.

"after her mother's death, the girl's life was filled with despondency"
despotism
n
authoritarian rule, absolute authority, power or control.

"when the dictator took power it resulted in despotism in the country"
desultory
adj
aimless; lacking consistency; random.

"it was a desultory summer, the girl had nothing planned"
dexterous
adj
skillful

"the pianist had dexterous fingers"
diabolical
adj
devilish, evil; wicked or cruel.

"the murderer was diabolical, with no good in him"
diagnostic
adj
pertaining to diagnosis. used in evaluating someone.

"the girl took a diagnostic test to evaluate how intelligent she was on the subject"
dialectic
adj and n
having to do with logical arguments

"the debator had to have dialectic arguments in order to win"
diatribe
n
bitter denunciation, criticism or attack.

"the employee lost his temper and began a diatribe towards his boss"
dichotomy
n
division into two contrasting or opposing sides

"the football player was also a ballerina; it was a dichotomy"
didactic
adj
teaching a moral lesson, made for the purpose of moral or ethical betterment.

"the didactic story taught everyone that it was important to share"
diffident
adj
shy; lacking confidence or self-worth.

"the boy was diffident about giving a speech infront of the whole school"
ennui (on-noo-EE)
n.
boredom, listlessness
enshrine
v.
to cherish as sacred
"her childhood memories will be enshrined in her heart forever"
enthrall
v.
to captivate or mesmerize

"the audience was enthralled by the performance"
entity
n.
existence or being
enunciate
v.
to articulate or pronounce
envisage
v.
to picture or visualize

"he envisaged
epicure
n.
a connoisseur, a person with a refined taste for something (esp. food or wine)

"the epicure could tell the slight differences between every wine"
equanimity
n.
calmness (esp. under pressure)

"he ______ with equanimity"
equicoval
adj.
dubious or uncertain,
ambiguous
eradicate
v.
to remove or destroy utterly, to erase
erratic
adj.
inconsistent, lacking a set course
ersatz (AIR-sats)
n.
an unconvincing substitute

"it was obvious that the ersatz necklace was not made of real gold, it looked nothing like the original."