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balk
v. to stop short and refuse to go on
The girl balked when she reached the top of the 100ft water slide.
ballast
n. a structure that helps to stabilize or steady
The boy built ballasts to help stabilize his mini fortress.
beatific
adj. displaying calmness and joy; relating to a state of celestial happiness
The angel in the painting looked beatific.
becalm
v. to stop the progress of, to soothe
Poseidon becalmed the ocean waves for ships when he was in a good mood.
becloud
v. to make less visible; obscure or blur
Her excitement for school beclouded her sadness for summer's end.
bedraggled
adj. soiled, wet and limp, dilapidated
Even though her teddy bear was old and bedraggled, she loved as if it were new.
beget
v. to produce, especially as an effect or outgrowth; to bring about
Rain begets flowers.
behemoth
n. something of monstrous size or power; huge creature
The snowman turned into a behemoth after several hours of snow.
beneficent
adj. pertaining to an act of kindness
The beneficent man donated the money anonymously.
berate
v. to scold harshly
My mother berated me for being rude.
bilious
adj. ill-tempered, sickly, ailing; peevish, irritable, cranky
The bilious little boy threw a fit at the slightest inconvenience.
blasphemous
adj. cursing, profane; extremely irreverent
The blasphemous sailor stereotype is quite untrue in most cases.
blatant
adj. completely obvious and conspicuous, especially in an offensive and crass manner
The principal was greatly angered when he saw students blatantly breaking the rules.
blithely
adv. merrily, lightheartedly cheerful; without appropriate thought
The girl blithely accepted the boy's promise that he would pay her back.
bombastic
adj. high-sounding but meaningless; ostentatiously lofty in style
His bombastic speech made him the least popular of the canidates running for student council president.
bovine
adj. relating to cows; having qualities characteristic of a cow, such as sluggishness or dullness
Everyone at the dinner party was repulsed by the man's bovine attitude.
braggart
n. a person who brags or boasts in a loud and empty manner
It was a wonder that Ralph had any friends; he was a complete braggart!
broach
v. to mention or suggest for the first time
She found it hard to broach the topic of her getting a tattoo to her parents.
bucolic
adj. pastoral, rural
I prefer quiet, bucolic neighborhoods as opposed to the large cities.
burnish
v. to polish; to make smooth and bright
She burnished her new wooden table until it gleamed.
bursar
n. a treasurer or keeper of funds
We chose the math wiz to be the club's bursar.