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auxiliary
supplementary, reserve
Gasping for air, the astronaut was forced to open his auxiliary canister of oxygen.
avarice
greed
Rebecca's avarice motivated her to stuff the $100 bill in her pocket instead of returning it to the man who had dropped it.
avenge
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
"You'll regret humiliating me! Someday, I will avenge this insult!" shouted the furious count.
aver
to declare to be true, affirm
The witness averred that the man had in fact been holding a gun.
aversion
intense dislike
Laura took an instant aversion to Mike because of his obnoxious personality.
avert
to turn (something) away; prevent, hinder
The queasy medical school student had to avert her eyes when the operation began.
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
The tourists brought their cameras to the city's famous aviary, hoping to capture its exotic birds on film.
avow
to state openly or declare
The groom avowed his love for his bride to the rabbi.
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
Something must have gone awry in the computer system, because some of my files are missing.
axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth
Halle lived her life based on the axioms her grandmother had passed on to her.
baleful
harmful, with evil intensions
The sullen teenager gave his nagging mother a baleful look.
balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
The horse balked at jumping over the high fence and instead threw his rider off.
ballad
folk song, narrative poem
We heard the singer perform many romantic ballads at the country inn.
balm
soothing, healing influence
"Let me give you some lip balm for your chapped lips," said Donna.
ban
to forbid, outlaw
After getting drunk one night and smashing dozens of bottles, Joe was banned from the bar for life.
banal
trite, overly common
He used banal phrases like "Have a nice day" or "Another day, another dollar."
bane
something causing death, destruction or ruin
Speeches were the bane of Jenny's existence; she hated having to stand up in front of a crowd.
banter
playful conversation
The eligible young man's cheerful banter was misrepresented as flirtation by the woman who adored him.
bastion
fortification, stronghold
The club was well known as a bastion of conservative values in the liberal city.
bay
to bark, especially in a deep, prolonged way
The dog bayed all night, much to the annoyance of the neighbors
becalm
to make calm or still; keep motionless by lack of wind
Most of the sailors fell prey to scurvy as the becalmed ship made little or no progress for weeks on end.
becloud
to confuse; darken with clouds
The ink of the squid beclouded the water.
beguile
to deceive, mislead; charm
Beguiled by the songs of the Sirens, Odysseus wanted to abandon all his men and forget his family.
behemoth
huge creature
Titanic's budget became such a behemoth that observers predicted that the film would never make a profit.
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
I understand completely; you do not need to belabor the point.