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barefaced
adj. shameless; bold; unconcealed
bastion
n. stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
bate
v. to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.
2. to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes.
bauble
n. a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw; a jester's scepter
bawdy
adj. indecent; obscene
beatific
adj. /ˌbiəˈtɪfɪk/ bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like: beatific peace; blissful; saintly: a beatific smile
bedizen
v. /bɪˈdaɪzən, -ˈdɪzən/ to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner
bedraggle
v. wet thoroughly; to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt
beguile
v. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude o take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually fol. by of; to pass time (pleasantly)
beholden
adj. obliged; indebted
belabor
v. explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
belie
v. to show to be false; contradict; to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts.
to act unworthily according to the standards
bemused
adj. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benison
n. /ˈbɛnəzən, -sən/ blessing; benediction
bent
n. natural talent or inclination
bereavement
n. state of being deprived of something vaulable or beloved
bereft
adj. deprived of; lacking
beset (v)
v. to attack on all sides; assail; harass; to surround; hem in
besmirch
v. to soil; tarnish; discolor.
to detract from the honor or luster of: to besmirch someone's good name
betoken
v. to give evidence of; indicate; to be or give a token or sign of; portend
betroth
v. become engaged to marry
bevy
n. large group
bilious
adj. suffering from a liver complaint; peevishly ill humored; extremely unpleasant or distasteful
bilk
v. swindle; cheat; defraud; to evade payment of (a debt)
bivouac
n. /ˈbɪvuˌæk, ˈbɪvwæk/ a military encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection from enemy fire.
blandish
v. cajole; coax with flattery
blowhard
n. talkative boaster
bluff (adj)
adj. good-naturedly direct, blunt, or frank; heartily outspoken: a big, bluff, generous man
bluster
v. blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
bolt
n. door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric
boorish
adj. rude; insensitive
bovine
adj. of or pertaining to the subfamily Bovinae, which includes cattle, buffalo, and kudus; oxlike; cowlike; stolid; dull
bowdlerize
v. /ˈboʊdləˌraɪz, ˈbaʊd-/ to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable.
braggadocio
n. /ˌbrægəˈdoʊʃiˌoʊ/ boasting; a boasting person; braggart.
brindled
adj. tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
bristling
adj. rising like bristles; showing irritation
brocade
n. rich, figured fabric
brook (v)
v. tolerate; endure
browbeat
v. to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully
buffet (v)
v. slap; batter; knock about
bugaboo
n. bugbear; object of baseless terror
bulwark
n. a wall of earth or other material built for defense; rampart; any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance; any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder
buoyant
adj. cheerful and optimistic
burgeon
v. grow forth; send out buds
burlesque (v.)
v. to make ridiculous by mocking representation
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
cabal
n. /kəˈbæl/ a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority; the plots and schemes of such a group; intrigue; a clique, as in artistic, literary, or theatrical circle
cadge
v. to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship; to borrow without intent to repay
callow
adj. youthful; immature; inexperienced
calumny
n. /ˈkæləmni/ malicious misrepresentation; slander
cameo
n. technique of engraving upon a gem or other stone, as onyx, in such a way that an underlying stone of one color is exposed as a background for a low-relief design of another color; gem or other stone so engraved
canard
n. a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor
canker
n. any ulcerous sore; any evil
canny
adj. careful; cautious; prudent: a canny reply.; astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious: a canny negotiator.; skilled, expert; frugal, thrifty: a canny housewife.
canon
n. collection or authoritative list of books; rule or principle, frequently religous
cant
n. insincere, esp. conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety; the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.: the cant of the fashion industry.
canter
n. slow gallop
canto
n. division of a long poem
capacious
adj. spacious
capillary
adj. having a very fine bore; resembling a strand of hair; hairlike
capitulate
v. to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.; to give up resistance
captious
adj. apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please;
apt or designed to ensnare or perplex, esp. in argument: captious questions
carafe
n. glass water bottle
carapace
n. shell covering the back
careen
v. lurch; sway from side to side
carousal
n. drunken revel
carping
n. petty criticism
adj. fault-finding; characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous
caste
n. prestige
cataract
n. great waterfall
catechism
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
catholic
adj. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal
causal
adj. implying a cause-and-effect relatiouship
cauterize
v. to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, esp. for curative purposes
cavalier
adj. haughty, disdainful, or supercilious; offhand or unceremonious
cavil
v. /ˈkævəl/ to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually fol. by at or about)
centrifugal
adj. radiating
cerebration
n. thought
ceremonious
adj. marked by formality
chaff
n. worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
adj. bantering; joking; teasing
chagrin
n. vexation; disappointment
charisma
n. divine gift; the special virtue that confers or is thought to confer on the person holding it an unusual ability for leadership, worthiness of veneration, or the like
charlatan
n. quack; pretender to knowledge
chase
v. ornament a metal surface by indenting; to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
chasten
v. correct by punishment or scolding; restrain
chastened
adj. humbled; subdued; rebuked
chauvinist
n. blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group or cause
check (v)
v. stop motion; curb or restrain
checkered
adj. marked by changes in fortune
chicanery
n. /ʃɪˈkeɪnəri, tʃɪ-/ trickery; deception
chisel
v. swindle or cheat
choleric
adj. /ˈkɒlərɪk, kəˈlɛrɪk/ hot-tempered
churlish
adj. boorish; rude
cipher
n. nonentity; worthless person or thing
circumscribe
# To draw a line around; encircle.
# To limit narrowly; restrict.
# To determine the limits of; define
circumspect
adj. watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent
cistern
n. reservoir or water tank
cite
v. quote; commend
clamber
v. climb by crawling
clangor
n. loud resounding noise
clarion
adj. shrill, trumpetlike
cloying
adj. distasteful because excessive; excessively sweet or sentimental
coddle
v. treat gently; pamper
codicil
n. /ˈkɒdəsəl/ supplement to the body of a will; any supplement; appendix.
coercion
n. use of force to get someone to obey
coeval
adj. /koʊˈivəl/ living at the same time as; contemporary
cogent
adj. convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling; to the point
cognate
adj. allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
cognizance
n. knowledge
collation
n. a light meal that may be permitted on days of general fast; any light meal
colloquy
n. /ˈkɒləkwi/ informal discussion; a conversational exchange; dialogue; a conference
collusion
n. a secret agreement, esp. for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy
comely
adj. attractive; agreeable
comeuppance
n. /ˌkʌmˈʌpəns/ deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior.
comity
n. /ˈkɒmɪti/ civility; mutual courtesy; Also called comity of nations. courtesy between nations, as in respect shown by one country for the laws, judicial decisions, and institutions of another
commodious
adj. spacious and comfortable
compendium
v. brief, comprehensive summary; full list or inventory
complaisant
adj. /kəmˈpleɪsənt, -zənt, ˈkɒmpləˌzænt/ trying to please; overly polite; obliging
complicity
n. involvement in a crime; participation
comport
v. /kəmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/ bear one's self; behave
compunction
n. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse
concatenate
v. link as in a chain; link together in series
conclave
n. a private or secret meeting
condign
adj. /kənˈdaɪn/ appropriate; well-deserved; fitting; adequate: condign punishment
conflate
v. meld or fuse; confuse; combine into one