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n fructify
bear fruit; produce fruit
n comport
bear one's self; behave; Ex. comport oneself; N. comportment
fruition
bearing of fruit; fulfillment; realization; Ex. come to/be brought to fruition
ursine
bearlike; pertaining to a bear
n bestial
beastlike; brutal; inhuman; very cruel
s thresh
beat (cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains from the straw
s thrash
beat with a whip or flail; defeat utterly; talk about thoroughly in order to find the answer; move wildly or violently; Ex. The fishes thrashed about in the net.
n flail
beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
s finery
beautiful clothes for a special occasion
calligraphy
beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
n pulchritude
beauty; comeliness; ADJ. pulchritudinous
n pall
become boring; grow tiresome
n betroth
become engaged to marry
relent
become less severe; give in(surrender); ADJ. relentless: unyielding; continuously severe
n ingratiate
become popular with; bring (oneself) in favor of another; Ex. ingratiate himself with the boss
s blush
become red in the face (from embarrassment or shame); become red or rosy; N.
s prosper
become successful (esp. financially); thrive; grow well; Ex. children prospering under his care
s topple
become unsteady and fall down
degenerate
become worse in quality; deteriorate; ADJ: having become worse; Ex. a degenerate species; N: depraved or corrupt person
s putrescent
becoming putrid; putrefying
s apiculture
bee-keeping
implore
beg
n importune
beg persistently; make repeated requests (in an annoying way)
beseech
beg; plead with
n mendicant
beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar
s wage
begin and continue (a war)
inaugurate
begin formally; install in office; induct into office by a formal ceremony; N. inauguration; ADJ. inaugural
s sprout
begin to grow; give off shoots or buds; N: new growth on a plant; shoot
initiate
begin; originate; receive into a group; introduce to a new field or activity; Ex. initiate someone into the mysteries of a secret religion; N: one who has been initiated
novice
beginner
tyro
beginner; novice
conception
beginning; forming of an idea; fertilization; V. conceive: form an idea in the mind; devise; become pregnant; CF. inception
incipient
beginning; in an early stage
genesis
beginning; origin
s flirt
behave in a way that attracts (sexual) attention; deal triflingly with; N: one (or woman) given to flirting; ADJ. flirtatious
subservient
behaving like a slave; servile; obsequious; subordinate; N. subservience
s mischief
behavior (of children) causing trouble with no serious harm; damage; harm; Ex. mischief to the crops; ADJ. mischievous: causing mischief; playfully troublesome
demeanor
behavior; bearing
decapitate
behead
ubiquitous
being everywhere; omnipresent; N. ubiquity
arrears
being in debt; money that should have been paid; work that should have been done
singular
being only one; individual; unique; extraordinary; odd; Ex. singular beauty/behavior
aboriginal
being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine
n veritable
being truly so; real or genuine; actual; not false or imaginary
credence
belief
monotheism
belief in one God
credulity
belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivet\\'e; ADJ. credulous
n fatalism
belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond one's control; ADJ. fatalistic; CF. fatal: causing death
pessimism
belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess; tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of a situation; ADJ. pessimistic
s Epicurean
believing that pleasure is good and suffering is bad and should be avoided; N.
disparage
belittle
subliminal
below the threshold of conscious perception; Ex. subliminal advertisement
s stoop
bend forward and down; lower or debase oneself; fall to a lower standard of behavior by doing something; condescend; Ex. stoop to lying
s droop
bend or hang downward; become weakened; Ex. His shoulders drooped with tiredness; N.
n genuflect
bend the knee as in worship
refraction
bending of a ray of light
n beleaguer
besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset
n inordinate
beyond reasonable limits; unrestrained; excessive; Ex. inordinate demands
irreproachable
beyond reproach; blameless; impeccable; Ex. irreproachable conduct
n preternatural
beyond what is normal in nature; supernatural; Ex. preternatural strength/forces
n indenture
bind as servant or apprentice to master; bind by indenture; N: contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified time (as between an apprentice and his master)
n covenant
binding agreement between two groups or people; compact; V: enter into a covenant; promise
astringent
binding; causing contraction (stopping bleeding); harsh or severe; stringent; Ex. astringent criticism
obligatory
binding; required; compulsory; V. oblige: constrain; make grateful; do a favor; accommodate
n mordant
biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit
n acrid
bitter (to the taste or smell); sharp; bitterly pungent
s feud
bitter prolonged quarrel (usually between two peoples or families); V. CF. Romeo and Juliet; CF. feudal, feudalism
n diatribe
bitter scolding or denunciation; invective; abuse
n gall
bitterness of feeling; nerve; effrontery; ´ãÁó(bile); CF. gall bladder
n acerbity
bitterness of speech and temper; ADJ. acerbic: bitter; acrid (in taste, manner, or tone)
outlandish
bizzare; peculiar; unconventional
s graphite
black form of carbon used in lead pencils
n necromancy
black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes to communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolis
obsidian
black volcanic rock
denigrate
blacken; defame
reproach
blame (not angrily but sadly); express disapproval or disappointment; N. ADJ. reproachful
censure
blame; criticize; express strong disapproval; N: severe criticism; strong disapproval
n blanch
bleach; whiten; make white or pale
n hallowed
blessed; consecrated; Ex. hallowed ground; V. hallow: set apart as holy
n beatitude
blessedness; state of great happiness
benediction
blessing
benison
blessing
n boon
blessing; benefit; something very helpful
chauvinist
blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group, cause, or sex; ADJ. chauvinistic; CF. chauvinism; Nicolas Chauvin
n filibuster
block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making very slow long speeches; N; freebooter
thwart
block or hinder; baffle; frustrate
hindrance
block; obstacle; V. hinder
n vendetta
blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams
s artery
blood-vessel; CF. vein
n gory
bloody; N. gore: blood (from a wound)
sanguinary
bloody; with much bloodshed
n mottled
blotched in coloring; spotted; Ex. mottled face; V. mottle: mark with blotches of different colors
n bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale
n doldrums
blues; listlessness(lack of spirit or energy); slack(inactive) period; period of stagnation; ocean area near the equator where ships cannot move because there is no wind; Ex. in the doldrums
n brusque
blunt; abrupt; curt; not wanting to waste time being nice
obtuse
blunt; not sharp; stupid; slow in understanding
palette
board on which painter mixes pigments(coloring matters)
s brag
boast
n vaunted
boasted; bragged; highly publicized; V. vaunt: boast; brag
n braggart
boaster; bragger