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baleful
harmful, with evil intentions
balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
ballad
folk song, narrative poem
balm
soothing, healing influence
ban
to forbid, outlaw
banal
trite, overly common
bane
something causing death, destruction, or ruin
banter
playful conversation
bastion
fortification, stronghold
bay
to bark, especially in a deep, prolonged way
becalm
to make calm or still; keep motionless by lack of wind
becloud
to confuse; darken with clouds
beguile
to deceive, mislead; charm
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
belated
late
beleaguer
to harass, plague
belfry
bell tower, room in which a bell is hung
belie
to misrepresent; expose as false
belittle
to represent as unimportant, make light of
bellicose
warlike, aggressive
belligerent
hostile, tending to fight
bellow
to roar, shout
bemuse
to confuse, stupefy; plunge deep into thought
benchmark
standard of measure
benefactor
someone giving aid or money
beneficent
kindly, charitable; doing good deeds; producing good efforts
benighted
unenlightened
benign
kindly, gentle, or harmless
bequeath
to give or leave through a will; to hand down
berate
to scold harshly
beseech
to beg, plead, implore
bestial
beastly, animal-like
bestow
to give as a gift
betoken
to indicate, signify, give evidence of
bevy
group
bias
prejudice, slant
bibliography
list of books
bibliophile
book lover
bilateral
two-sided
bilk
to cheat, defraud
billet
board and lodging for troops
biped
two-footed animal
bisect
to cut into two (usually equal) parts
blanch
to pale; take the color out of
blandish
to coax with flattery
blasphemous
cursing, profane, irreverent
blatant
glaring, obvious, showy
blight
to afflict, destroy
blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
bludgeon
to hit as with a short, heavy club
boisterous
rowdy, loud, unrestrained
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
bonanza
extremely large amount; something profitable
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
boon
blessing, something to be thankful for
boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
botanist
scientist who studies plants
bountiful
plentiful
bourgeois
middle-class
bovine
cowlike; relating to cows
brazen
bold, shameless, impudent; of or like brass
breach
act of breaking, violation
brigand
bandit, outlaw
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
brusque
rough and abrupt in manner
buffet
to toss about
buffoon
clown or fool
bulwark
defense wall; anything serving as defense
burgeon
to sprout or flourish
burly
brawny, husky
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
bursar
treasurer
bustle
commotion, energetic activity
butt
person or thing that is object of ridicule
buttress
to reinforce or support
byway
back road