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bacchanalian
drunken
badinage
teasing conversation
bait
harrass; tease
baleful
threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing evil
balk
stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue
balk
(secondary meaning) foil
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
something that relieves pain
banal
*hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
bane
curse; cause of ruin
baneful
destructive; causing ruin or death
barb
sharp projection from fishhook or other object; openly cutting remark
baroque
highly ornate
barrage
barrier layed down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion
barrister
counselor-at-law
bastion
stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
bate
let down; restrain
bauble
trinket; trifle
beatific
showing or producing joy; blissful
beatify
bless or sanctify; proclaim someone dead to be one of the blessed
beatitude
blessedness; state of bliss
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beguile
mislead or delude; ceat; pass time
behemoth
huge creature; something of a monstrous size or power
beholden
obligated; indebted
behoove
be necessary or proper for; be incumbent upon
belabor
explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
beleaguer
besiege or attack; harrass
belie
*contradict; give a false impression
bellicose
warlike; pugnacious; naturally inclined to fight
belligerent
quarrelsome
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benediction
blessing
benefactor
gift giver; patron
beneficent
*kindly; doing good
benevolent
generous; charitable
benison
blessing
bequeath
leave to someone by means of a will; hand down
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved
bereft
deprived of; lacking
beset
harrass or trouble; hem in
besiege
surround with armed forces; harrass (with requests)
betoken
signify; indicate
betroth
become engaged to marry
bevy
large group
bicameral
two-chambered, as a legislative body
biennial
every two years
bifurcated
divided into two branches; forked
bilious
suffering from a liver complaint; peevishly ill humoured
bilk
swindle; cheat
bivouac
temporary encampent
bland
soothing or mild; agreeable
blandish
cajole; coax with flattery
blandishment
flattery
blasé
bored with pleasure or dissipation
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
blithe
carefree and unconcerned (perhaps foolishly so); cheerful and gay
blowhard
talkative boaster
bluff
rough but good-natured
bluff
(secondary meaning) pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily
bode
foreshadow; portend
bohemian
unconventional (in an artistic way)
boisterous
violent; rough; noisy
bolster
*support; reinforce
bolt
door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric
bolt
(secondary meaning) dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down
bombastic
*pompous; using inflated language
boon
blessing; benefit
boorish
*rude; insensitive
bovine
cowlike; placid and dull
bourgeois
middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
bowdlerize
expurgate (clean, remove offensive parts)
braggadocio
boasting
brandish
wave around; flourish
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
bristling
rising like bristles; showing irritation
broach
introduce; open up
brocade
rich, figured fabric
brook
tolerate; endure
browbeat
bully; intimidate
browse
graze; skim or glance at casually
brunt
main impact or shock
brusque
blunt; abrupt
bucolic
rustic; pastoral
buffet
(secondary meaning; rhymes with Muffett) slap; batter; knock about
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bullion
gold and silver in the form of bars
bulwark
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
burgeon
*grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
burnish
*make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
*support; prop up
buxom
full-bosomed; plump; jolly