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beleaguer
to harass, plague
Mickey's beleaguered parents finally gave in to his request for a Nintendo.
belfry
bell tower, room in which a bell is hung
The town was shocked when a bag of money was found stashed in the old belfry of the church.
belie
to misrepresent; expose as false
The first lady's carefree appearance belied rumors that she was on the verge of divorcing her husband.
belittle
to represent as unimportant, make light of
Carla's parents scolded her for constantly belittling her younger sister's views.
bellicose
warlike, aggressive
Immediately after defeating one of his enemies, the bellicose chieftain declared war on another.
belligerent
hostile, tending to fight
The bartender realized that it would be fruitless to try to subdue the belligerent drunk by himself.
bellow
to roar, shout
The poor acoustics of the lecture hall required the professor to bellow as loud as she could.
bemuse
to confuse, stupefy; plunge deep into thought
The computer technician, continually bemused by the complex problems he had to deal with each day, decided to quit and find an easier job.
benchmark
standard of measure
The average score of the previous year's students are used as a benchmark against which new applicants are measured.
benefactor
someone giving aid or money
A mysterious benefactor paid off all Robin's bills, making it possible for her to send her children to college.
beneficent
kindly, charitable; doing good deeds; producing good effects
Despite his tough reputation, Kurt was a beneficent man, donating millions of dollars to worthy charities.
benighted
unenlightened
Ben scoffed at the crowd, as he believed it consisted entirely of benighted individuals.
benign
kindly, gentle or harmless
Suraj was relieved to discover that his tumor was benign and he did not have cancer after all.
bequeath
to give or leave through a will; to hand down
Grandpa bequeathed the house to his daughter and the car to his son.
berate
to scold harshly
Andy was embarrassed when his mother berated him in public for smashing the family car.
beseech
to beg, plead, implore
She beseeched him to give her a second chance, but he refused
bestial
beastly, animal-like
The bestial nature of the growl in the dark made the campers shake with fright.
bestow
to give as a gift
The students bestowed gifts upon the teacher, attempting to procure better grades.
betoken
to indicate, signify, give evidence of
She turned her back to us, betokening her hostility.
bevy
group
As predicted, a bevy of teenagers surrounded the rock star's limousine.
bias
prejudice, slant
Racial bias in employment is illegal in the United States.
bibliography
list of books
Please include a bibliography at the end of your paper so I can identify your sources.
bibliophile
book lover
The librarian was a real bibliophile, she knew every author we mentioned.
bilateral
two-sided
The battle finally came to a halt when the two sides signed a bilateral treaty.
bilk
to cheat, defraud
Though the lawyer seemed honest, the woman feared he would try to bilk her out of her money.