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blunder
n. error

The criminal's fatal blunder lead to his capture
bluster
v. blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully

let the stormy winds bluster
I let him bluster... b/c i wasn't going to be swayed
bode
v. foreshadow; portend


the gloomy skies bode evil
bohemian
adj. unconventional (in an artistic way)
boisterous
adj. violent; rough; noisy


the crowd got more boisterous
bolster
v. support; reinforce


evidence to bolster their arguments
bolt
n. door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric

bolt of canvis

v. dash or dart off; fasten ( a door; gobble down

don't bolt your food
bombastic
adj. pompous; using inflated language
boon
n. blessing; benefit


these rains are a boon to our fields
boorish
adj. rude; insensitive
bouillon
n. clear beef soup
bourgeois
adj. middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
bovine
adj. cowlike; placid and dull


she always had an air of bovine calm
bowdlerize
v. expurgate (to amend by removing words, passages, etc., deemed offensive or objectionable)
brackish
adj. somewhat saline; distasteful; unpalatable


the water in this well is brackish
braggadocio
n. boasting
braggart
n. boaster
brandish
v. wave around; flourish


drunk, he brandished his gun
bravado
n. swagger; assumed air of defiance; a pretentious, swaggering display of courage


prevent your courage from becoming bravado
brawn
n. muscular strength; sturdiness
brazen
adj. insolent
breach
n. breaking of contract of duty; fissure or gap


breach of promise; breach in the enemy's fortifications
brindled
adj. tawny or grayish with streaks or spots


the puppies were brindled
bristling
adj. rising like bristles; showing irritation


bristling with anger
brittle
easily broken; difficult


her brittle personality is hard to get along with
broach
v. introduce; open up


don't even try to broach the subject of religion
brocade
n. rich, figured fabric

the sofa was covered with brocade
brooch
n. ornamental clasp


she treasured the brooch her grandmother gave her
brook
v. tolerate; endure


The dean would brook no interference with his disciplinary actions
browbeat
v. bully; intimidate
brunt
n. main impact or shock


the brunt of mom's complaints fell on him
brusque
adj. blunt, abrupt


brusque reply
buccaneer
n. pirate
bucolic
adj. rustic; pastoral


the meadow was a charmingly bucolic sight.
buffet
v. slap; batter; knock about


have you ever been buffetted by your husband?
buffoonery
n. clowning


Jim Carrey's buffoonery is hilarious
bugaboo
n. bugbear; object of baseless terror; causes fear or worry

we are fools for being frightened by such bugaboos
bullion
n. gold and silver in the form of bars
bulwark
n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends


The navy is our principle bulwark against invasion
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder


if you bungle the job, you're fired!
buoyant
adj. able to float; cheerful and optomistic


buoyant mood
bureaucracy
n. overregulated administrative system marked by red tape.


The IRS is the ultimate bureaucracy
burlesque
v. give an imitation that ridicules

he burlesques brian of family guy
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
v. support; prop up


buttress your argument with facts; buttress the walls
buxom
adj. full-bosomed; plump; jolly

models are usually slender rather than buxom
cabal
n. small group of persons secretly united to promot their own interests
cache
n. hiding place


the clues led the detectives to the cache where the money was hidden
cadaverous
adj. like a corpse; pale


cadaverous appearance
cadence
n. rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat


the troop followed the cadence set by the sergeant
cadge
v. beg; mooch; panhandle


i have to cadge a ride to work everyday
calamity
n. disaster; misery
calculated
adj. deliberately planned; likely


her outfit everyday is carefully calculated
callous
adj. hardened; unfeeling


the doctor is callous to the suffering
callow
adj. youthful; immature; inexperienced


freshman are callow youths
calorific
adj. heat-producing
calumny
n. malicious misrepresentation; slander

i can't bear calumny from my friends
cameo
n. shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film.
canard
n. false or unfounded story; fabricated report


I refuse to take the canard seriously
canker
n. an ulcerous sore; any evil

poverty is a canker in the body politic; it must be cured
canny
adj. shrewd; thrifty


The canny scotsman was more than a match for the swindlers
canon
n. collection or authoritative list of books

this should be accepted as part of the shakespear canon


n. rule or principle, frequently religious

incapable of abiding by the canons of polite society
cant
n. insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves


cant is a form of hypocrisy
cantankerous
adj. ill-humored; irritable


a cantankerous patient
cantata
n. story set to music, to be sung by a chorus


the choir sang the cantata
canter
n. slow gallop