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bard
n. poet
barefaced
adj. shameless; bold; unconcealed

Huck Finn's barefaced lies
baroque
adj. highly ornate


the flamboyance of baroque architecture
barrister
n. counselor-at-law
barterer
n. trader


The barterer traded trinkets for the natives' fur.
bastion
n. stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
bate
v. let down; restrain


the kids had to bate their curiosity until it was present opening time
bauble
n. trinket; trifle


the bauble from the gift bag
bawdy
adj. indecent; obscene

Aaron constantly makes bawdy remarks
beatific
adj. showing or producing joy; blissful


beatific smile / beatific vision
beatitude
n. blessedness; state of bliss


growing closer to God
bedizen
v. dress w/ vulgar finery

the witch doctor was bedizened in costumes
bedraggle
v. wet thoroughly
beeline
n. direct, quick route


he made a beeline for the exit
befuddle
v. confuse thoroughly


his explanation befuddled me further
begrudge
v. resent


I begrudge every minute i have to spend here.
beguile
v. mislead or delude; cheat; pass time


beguiled poor Anita of her money
- beguiled himself during the long hours by watching tv
behemoth
n. huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
beholden
adj. obligated; indebted

I don't like to be beholden to anyone
behoove
v. be necessary or proper for; be incumbent upon (obligatory)

it behooves the ruler to trust noone
belabor
v. explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally

he bored the audience by belaboring his point
beleaguer
v. besiege or attack; harass

the brats relentlessly beleaguered her
belie
v. contradict; give a false impression

his hard-bitten exterior belied his innate sensitivity
bellicose
adj. warlike; pugnacious; naturally inclined to fight
belligerent
adj. quarrelsome
bemoan
v. lament; express disapproval of

the widow bemoaned her husband's death; the critics bemoaned her novel
bemused
adj. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benediction
n. blessing
benefactor
n. gift giver; patron


Scrooge later became tiny tim's benefactor
beneficent
adj. kindly ; doing good


a philanthropist is beneficent
beneficiary
n. person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will
benevolent
adj. generous; charitable
benison
n blessing
bent
adj; n. determined; natural talent or inclination

Bent on doing this....
has a bent for economics...
bequeath
v. leave to someone by means of a will; hand down
berate
v. scold strongly


berate him for his forgetfulness
bereavement
n. state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved


His friends gathered to console him upon his sudden bereavement.
bereft
adj. deprived of; lacking


the foolish gambler was bereft of funds
beseech
v. beg; plead with


His wife beseeched him to spend more time with his son.
beset
v. harass or trouble; hem in


beset by difficulties
a village beset on all sides by dense forest
besiege
v. surround with armed forces; harass ( with requests )


the bandits besieged the village; the new administration was besieged with job apps
besmirch
v. soil, defile


the rumors besmirch their reputation
bestow
v. confer

He wished to bestow great honors on the hero
betoken
v. signify; indicate


blah, blah and blah all betoken your importance as our leader
betroth
v. become engaged to marry
bevy
n. large group


a bevy of schoolkids
bicameral
adj. two-chambered, as a legislative body

The US congress is a bicameral body
biennial
adj. every two years
bigotry
n. stubborn intolerance
bilious
adj. suffering from a liver complaint; peevishly ill humored

tummy's feeling bilious
bilk
v. swindle; cheat.


the guy liked to bilk naive children
billowing
adj. swelling out in waves; surging


Marilyn Monroe tried vainly to control her billowing skirts.
bivouac
n. temporary encampment


While in bivouac, we spent the night in our sleeping bags watching the stars.
blanch
v. bleach; whiten


age had blanched his hair
blandish
v. cajole; coax w/ flattery


they were unable to blandish the bouncer to letting them in.
blandishment
n. flattery

Despite the salesperson's blandishment, she did not buy the dress
blare
n. loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light

steady blare of the speakers
sudden blare of flashbulbs
blase
adj. bored with pleasure or dissapation


i'm gonna act blase, as if i've done this a million times
blasphemy
n. irreverence; sacrilege; cursing


how dare you utter such words of blasphemy!
bleak
adj. cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable

bleak attitude
blighted
adj. suffering from a disease; destroyed

the blighted areas could only be seen from above
blithe
adj. carefree and unconcerned (perhaps foolishly so); cheerful and gay


blithe optimism
blithe ignorance
blowhard
n. talkative boaster


all his big talk and no show lead me to believe that he is just another blowhard.
bludgeon
n. club; heavy-headed weapon

use the walking stick as a bludgeon to defend himself
bluff
adj. rough but good-natured

his bluff manner belied his sensitivity

n. pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff

I thought he was just bluffing when he said he would dive from the high bluff into the waters below.