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buffet
to toss about
The swing, buffeted by the wind, smashed into the tree and broke.
buffoon
clown or fool
The boy was known as the school buffoon, so he wasn't taken seriously as a candidate for class president.
bulwark
defense wall; anything serving as defense
The villagers used logs to construct a bulwark against the invading army.
burgeon
to sprout or flourish
We will need major subway expansion to accommodate the burgeoning population of the city.
burly
brawny, husky
Freddy was a bit intimidated by the tall, burly man standing by the bar.
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
Mr. Frumpkin loved to stand in the sun and burnish his luxury car until it gleamed.
bursar
treasurer
For billing concerns, please contact the bursar via telephone or e-mail.
bustle
commotion, energetic activity
The bustle of the crowd made Andrea remember how much she hated Christmas shopping.
butt
person or thing that is object of ridicule
Chip's unusual haircut made him the butt of jokes at the high school prom.
buttress
to reinforce or support
The construction workers attempted to buttress the ceiling with pillars.
byway
back road
During rush hour, it is wise to use the byway and avoid the traffic.
cacophony
jarring, unpleasant noise
The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable cacophony as they tried to tune their instruments.
cadence
rhythmic flow of poetry; marching beat
Pierre spoke with a lovely cadence, charming all those who heard him.
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
The spoiled girl could cajole her father into buying her anything.
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
Everyone hoped this year's event would be less calamitous than last year's fiasco.
callous
thick-skinned, insensitive
Mrs. Meriwether callously ignored the pathetic whining of the injured puppy.
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
The young and callow fans hung on every word the talk show host said.
calumny
false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, slander
The unscrupulous politician used calumny to bring down his opponent in the senatorial race.
candor
honesty of expression
The candor of his confession impressed his parents, and they gave him a light punishment as a result.
canny
smart; founded on common sense
The executive's canny business sense saved the company from bankruptcy.
canonize
to declare a person a saint; raise to highest honors
Discrimination may be the reason certain authors have not been canonized by the literary establishment.
canvass
to examine thoroughly; conduct a poll
After canvassing people for months, the market researchers finally tabulated the results.
capacious
large, roomy; extensive
We wondered how many hundreds of stores occupied the capacious mall.
capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
After atom bombs devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese had little choice but to capitulate.
capricious
impulsive, whimsical, without much thought
Queen Elizabeth I was quite capricious; her courtiers could never be sure who would catch her fancy.