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bacchanalian
wild with drunkenness
badger
to nag; to annoy
badinage
playful, teasing talk
baffle
to confuse; to bewilder
bagatelle
thing of little value; trifle
bait
to entrap or to seduce; a decoy
baleful
harmful; menacing; pernicious
balk
to stop short
balm
something that calms or soothes
balmy
mild and refreshing; mentally unstable
banal
common; ordinary; trite
bandy
to exchange
bane
cause of ruin, harm, or distress
banter
teasing; good-natured joking
barb
a pointed part, as of an arrow or fishhook
barbarous
uncultured; crude
bard
a poet
bark
a boat or sailing vessel
baroque
overdecorated; showy
barrage
heavy attack
barrister
lawyer
bask
to lie in or be exposed to warmth
bastion
a strong defense; a fort
bauble
showy but useless thing; trinket
bawdy
indecent; humorously obscene
bayou
marshy body of water
beacon
a light used for warning or guiding
beatitude
state of bliss
bedlam
a madhouse; a noisy roar
befuddle
to confuse; to perplex
beget
to produce
begrudge
to resent another's success or enjoyment
beguile
to deceive; to charm
behemoth
huge animal
beholden
obligate; indebted
belated
delayed or detained
beleaguer
to encircle; to annoy
belittle
to put down; to humiliate
belligerent
warlike; quarrelsome
bellow
to yell loudly
benediction
blessing
benefactor
one who helps or supports another
beneficiary
one who receives benefits or profits
benevolent
generous; kindly
benign
harmless; gentle
benignant
kindly; gentle
bequeath
to hand down; to pass on to
berate
to scold severely
bereave
to leave in a sad or lonely state; to deprive by force
berserk
frenzied; violently destructive
beseech
to beg; appeal to
beset
to attack
besiege
to overwhelm; to close in on
besmirch
to make dirty
bestial
savage; brutal
bestow
to give or present
bestride
to mount (a horse)
betrothed
engaged; pledged to marry
bevy
a large group
bewitch
to cast a spell on; to charm; to fascinate
bias
preference; prejudice
bibliophile
lover of books
bibulous
absorbent; fond of alcoholic beverages
bicker
to quarrel
bide
to wait for a favorable opportunity
biennial
occuring every two years
bigot
a narrow-minded, prejudiced person
bilious
bad-tmepered; cross
bilk
to cheat; to swindle
binge
a spree; wild party
biped
two-legged animal
bivouac
temporart shelter
bizarre
weird; strange
blanch
to whitend; to make pale
bland
mild; tasteless; dull
blandishment
flattery
blase
bored with life; unexcited; indifferent
blasphemy
disrespect for holy places, people, or things; irreverence
blatant
annoyingly conspicuous; offensively noisy and loud
blazon
to display; to proclaim
bleak
unsheltered; gloomy
bleary
blurred; dimmed
blight
destruction; withering; disease
bliss
extreme happiness
blithe
carefree; light-hearted
bludgeon
a short, heavy club
blunt
abrupt in speech or nammer; having a dull edge
blurt
to utter suddenly or indiscreetly
bluster
to speak noisily; to boast
bode
to indicate in advance, as an omen does
bog
a swamp; to sink or become stuck in
bogus
false; fake
bolster
to prop up; to support
bolt
to dash out suddenly; to discontinue support of
bombastic
using impressive but meaningless language
bon mot
witty remark
bona fide
genuine; in good faith
bondage
slavery
boon
a benefit; a blessing; a favor
boor
a rude or impolite person
booty
stolen money or goods
boreal
northeren
borne
carried; put up with
botch
to mess up; to perform clumsily
bountiful
plentiful; abundant
bounty
reward; generosity
bourgeoisie
middle class
bovine
pertaining to cows or cattle
bowdlerize
to censor; to remove offensive passages od a play, novel, etc.
braggart
one who boasts
brandish
to shaket or wave a weapon aggressively
brash
offensively bold; rude
bravado
a show of courage; false bravery
brawn
muscular strength
brazen
shameless or impudent
breach
a violation; a gap
breadth
width
brethren
brothers
brevity
briefness
brigand
a robber
brine
salt water
brisk
lively; quick
bristiling
showing irritation
broach
to introduce
brochure
a pamphlet
bronchial
pertaining to the windpipe
browbeat
to bully; to intimidate
bruit
to spread the news
brunt
shock, force, or impact, as of a blow
brusque
abrupt in manner, blunt; rough
buccaneer
a pirate
bucolic
pertaining to the countryside; rural
buffon
clown or fool
bugbear
something causing fear
bulbuous
swollen; shaped like a bulb
bulwark
a stronf defense
bumptious
conceited; arrogant
bungle
to do things clumsily or badly
buoy
a floating object; to encourage
buoyant
able to float; lighthearted and lively
bureaucracy
system of government through departments
burgeon
to flourish; to grow rapidly
burlesque
a speech or action that treats a serious subject with ridicule
burly
muscular; husky
burnish
to polish
buttress
any prop or support