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bard
poet
barefaced
shameless
barrage
barrier; overwhelming profusion
barrister
couselor-at-law
bastion
stronghold
bate
let down; restrain
bauble
trinket; trifle
bawdy
indecent; obscene
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beeline
direct, quick route
befuddle
confuse thoroughly
beget
father; produce
begrudge
resent
behemoth
huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
beholden
obligated; indebted
behoove
be necessary/proper for; be incumbent upon
belabor
explain/go over excessively to ridiculous degree
beleaguer
beseige/attack; harass
bemused
confused
benison
blessing
berate
scold strongly
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable
beset
harass/trouble
besiege
surround w/ armed forces; harass (w/ requests)
besmirch
soil, defile
bestial
beastlike; brutal
betoken
signify, indicate
betroth
become engaged to marry
bevy
large group
bifurcated
divided into 2 branches
bigotry
stubborn intolerance
bilious
suffering from liver complaint
bilk
swindle; cheat
billowing
swelling out in waves; surging
bivouac
temporary encampment
blare
loud, harsh roar/screech; dazzling blaze of light
blowhard
talkative boaster
bludgeon
club
bluff
rough but good-natured
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
bohemian
unconventional (artistically)
bombastic
pompous
boon
blessing; benefit
bowdlerize
purify, remove obscenities
brackish
somehwat saline
braggadocio
boasting
brandish
wave around; flourish
bravado
swagger; assumed air of defiance
brawn
muscular strength; sturdiness
brazen
insolent
brindled
tawny/grayish with streaks/spots
bristling
rising like bristles; showing irritation
brocade
rich, figured fabric
brooch
ornamental clasp
browbeat
bully; intimidate
brunt
main impact/shock
brusque
blunt, abrupt
buffet
slap; batter; knock about
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bungle
mismanage; blunder
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
buxom
plump, jolly
cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote own interests
cadence
rhythmic rise/fall
caldron
large kettle
callow
youthful, immature
cameo
shell/jewel carved in relief; star's brief appearance
canard
false story
canker
ulcerous sore; any evil
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable
canto
division of long poem
canvass
determine/seek opinions, votes
capacious
spacious
capillary
having a very fine bore
caprice
whim
captious
faultfinding
carafe
glass water bottle; decanter
carapace
shell covering the back (of turtle, crab, etc.)
carcinogenic
causing cancer
careen
lurch; sway froms ide to side
carillon
set of playable bells
carousal
drunken revel
carping
petty criticism; fault-finding
carrion
rotting flesh of a dead body
cataclysm
deluge; upheaval
cataract
great waterfull
catcall
shout of disapproval; boo
catechism
book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
caulk
to make watertight
cauterize
burn with hot iron/caustic
cavalcade
procession; parade
cavil
make frivolous objections
centurion
Roman army officer
cerebration
thought
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
bantering; joking
chagrin
vexation
charisma
divine gift
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge
chase
ornament a metal surface by indenting
chassis
framework and working parts of a car
chaste
pure; virginal; modest
chastened
humbled; subdued
check
stop motion; curb/restrain
checkered
marked by changes in fortune
chisel
swindle/cheat
chivalrous
courteous; faithful; brave
choleric
hot-tempered
chortle
chuckle w/ delight
cipher
nonentity; worthless person/thing
circumvent
outwit; baffle
cistern
reservoir/water tank
clamber
climb by crawling
clamor
noise
clangor
loud, resounding noise
clapper
striker of a bell
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound
clavicle
collarbone
clime
region; climate
cloister
monastery, convent
clout
great influence
cloying
distasteful (excessive); excessively sweet, sentimental
coddle
treat gently; pamper
codicil
supplement to the body of a will
coeval
living at the same time as
cog
tooth projecting from a wheel
cogitate
think over
cognizance
knowledge
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
collation
light meal
colloquy
informal discussion
comestible
something edible
comeuppance
rebuke; deserts
comity
courtesy; civility
commandeer
to draft for military; to take for public use
commiserate
to feel/express pity/sympathy for
commodious
spacious, comfortable
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
complaisant
trying to please, overly polite, obliging
complicity
involvement in a crime
comport
bear onesself; behave
compunction
remorse
concerted
mutually agreed on; done together
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
conclave
private meeting
concord
harmony
condign
appropriate; deserved
conflagration
great fire
conflate
meld/fuse, confuse, combine into one
confluence
flowing together; crowd
congeal
freeze, coagulate
congenial
pleasant; friendly
congenital
existing at birth