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bacchanalian
adj. drunken
badinage
n. teasing conversation
baffle
v. frustrate; perplex
bait
v. harass; tease
baleful
adj. threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing evil
balk
v. stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue

V. foil
ballast
n. heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
n. something that relieves pain
balmy
adj. mild; fragrant
bandy
v. discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
bane
n. curse; cause of ruin
baneful
adj. destructive; causing ruin or death
bantering
adj. good-naturedly ridiculing
barb
n. sharp projection from fishook or other object; openly cutting remark
bard
n. poet
barefaced
adj. shameless; bold; unconcealed
baroque
adj. highly ornate
barrage
n. barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion
barrister
n. couselor-at-law
bastion
n. stronghold; something seen as a source or protection
bate
v. let down; restrain
bauble
n. trinket; trifle
bawdy
adj. indecent; obscene
beatific
adj. showing or producint joy; blissful
beatify
v. bless or sanctify; proclaim someone dead to be one of the blessed
beatitude
n. blessedness; state of bliss
bedizen
v. dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
v. wet thoroughly
befuddle
v. confuse thoroughly
beget
v. father; produce; give rise to
begrudge
v. resent
beguile
v. mislead or delude; cheat; pass time
beholden
adj. obligated; indebted
behoove
v. be necessary or proper for; be incumbent upon
belabor
v. explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
beleaguer
v. besiege or attack; harass
belie
v. contradict; give a false impression
belittle
v. disparage; deprecate
bellicose
adj. warlike; pugnacious; naturally inclind to fight
bemoan
v. lament; express disapproval of
bemused
adj. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benediction
n. blessing
beneficiary
n. person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will
benign
adj. kindly; favorable; not malignant
benison
n. blessing
bent
adj. determined

n. natural talent or inclination
bequeth
v. leave to someone by means of a will; hand down
berate
v. scold strongly
bereavement
n. state of being deprive of something valuable or beloved
bereft
adj. deprived of; lacking
berserk
adv. frenzied
beseech
v. beg; plead with
beset
v. harass or trouble; hem in
beseige
v. surround with armed forces; harass (with requests)
besmirch
v. soil, defile
bestow
v. confer
betoken
v. signify; indicate
bevy
n. large group
bicameral
adj. two-chambered, as a legislative body
biennial
adj. every two years
bifurcated
adj. divided into two branches; forke
bilious
adj. suffering from a liver complaint; peevishly ill humored
bivouac
n. temporary encampment
blanch
v. bleach; whiten
bland
adj. soothing or mild; agreeable
blandish
v. cajole; coax with flattery
blandishment
n. flattery
blare
n. loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light
blasé
adj. bored with pleasure or dissipation
blatant
adj. extremely obvious; loudly offensive
bleak
adj. cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
blighted
adj. suffering from a disease; destroyed
blithe
adj. carefree and unconcerned (perhaps foolishly so); cheerful and gay
blowhard
n. talkative boaster
bludgeon
n. club; heavey-headed weapon
bluff
adj. rough but good-natured
bluster
v. blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
bode
v. foreshadow; portend
bogus
adj. counterfeit; not authentic
bohemian
adj. unconventional (in an artistic way)
bolster
v. support; reinforce
bolt
n. door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric
bombardment
n. attack (as with missiles)
bombastic
adj. pompous; using inflated language
boorish
adj. rude; insensitive
bouillon
n. clear beef soup
bourgeois
adj. middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
bovine
adj. cowlike; placid and dull
bowdlerize
v. expurgate
brackish
adj. somewhat saline
braggadocio
n. boasting
brandish
v. wave around; flourish
bravado
n. swagger; assumed air of defiance
brawn
n. muscular strength; sturdiness
brazen
adj. insolent
breach
n. breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap
breadth
n. width; extent
brindled
adj. tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
bristling
adj. rising like bristles; showing irritation
brittle
adj. easily broken; difficult
broach
v. introduce; open up
brocade
n. rich, figured fabric
brooch
n. ornamental clasp
brook
v. tolerate; endure
browbeat
v. bully; intimidate
browse
v. graze; skim or glance at casually
brunt
n. main impact or shock
brusque
adj. blunt; abrupt
bucolic
adj. rustic; pastoral
buffet
v. slap; batter; knock about
buffoonery
n. clowning
bugaboo
n. bugbear; object of baseless terror
bullion
n. gold and silver in the form of bars
bulwark
n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder
buoyant
adj. able to float; cheerful and optimistic
bureaucracy
n. overregulated administrative system marked by red tape
burgeon
v. grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
v. give an imitation that ridicules
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
v. support; prop up
buxom
adj. full-bosomed; plump; jolly