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to stop short and refuse to proceed
Balk
a love song or song that tells a narrative
Ballad
a source of harm or ruin
Bane
a poet, often a singer as well
Bard
shy, excessively timid
Bashful
a device that supplies power
Battery
late, delayed
Belated
to show something to be wrong or false
Belle
prone to violence and agressiveness
Bellicose
prone to agression and conflict
Belligerent
a donor, one who gives money or gifts
Benefactor
marked by goodness or doing good
Benevolent
favorable, not threatening, mild
Benign
to scold vehemently
Berate
devoid of, without
Bereft
a tendency, inclination, prejudice
Blas
to cheat or defraud
Bilk
an imperfection, flaw
Blemish
plague, disease; something that destroys hope; to cause to deteriorate
Blight
excessively confident, overblown or pompous
Bombastic
a middle-class person, capitalist
Bourgeois
short, abrupt, dismissive
Brusque
to support, hold up; something that offers support
Buttress
a rythmn, progression of sound
Cadence
an event with disastrous consequences
Calamity
to set, standardize
Calibrate
harsh, cold, unfeeling
Callous
an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies
Calumny
brotherhood, jovial unity
Camaraderie
honesty, frankness
Candor
a piece of cloth on which an artist paints; to cover, inspect
Canvas
subject to whim, fickle
Capricious
to get the attention of, hold
Captivate
to party, celebrate
Carouse
to list, enter into a list; a list or collection
Catalog
harsh criticism; to rebuke formally
Censure
related to the intellect
Cerebral
absolute disorder
Chaos
to feel or show affection toward something
Cherish
the arrangement of dances
Choreography
written history; to write a history
Chronicle
roundabout
Circuitous
indirect and wordy language
Circumlocution
marked off, bounded
Circumscribed
to get around
Circumvent
able to percieve things that normal people cannot
Clairvoyant
loud noise; to loudly insist
Clamor
secret
Clandestine
members of Christian holy orders
Clergy
sickeningly sweet
Cloying
to thicken, clot
Coagulate
intellectually convincing
Cogent
logically consistent, intelligible
Coherent
secondary or supporting; security for a debt
Collateral
characteristic of informal conversation
Colloquial
a gigantic statue or something
Colossus
the act or process of burning
Combustion
a notice of approval or recognition
Commendation
to make an appropriate payment for something
Compensate
self-satisfied ignorance of danger
Complancency
to complete, make perfect
Complement
ready to adapt oneself to another's wishes
Compliant
including everything
Comprehensive
to accept as vaild
Concede
friendly, agreeable
Conciliatory
brief and direct in expression
Concise
to fabricate, make up
Concoct
an expression of sympathy or sorrow
Condolence
to pardon, deliberatly overlook
Condone
a pipe or channel through which something passes
Condult
sweet, fancy food
Confection
great fire
Conflagration
to frustrate, confuse
Confound
pleasantly agreeable
Congenial
a gathering of people, especially for religious services
Congregation
to dedicate something to a holy purpose
Consecrate
an agreement of opinion
Consensus
an act of comforting
Consolation
an essential part
Constituent
to complete a deal; to complete a marriage ceremony through sexual intercourse
Consummate
the act of consuming
Consumption
existing during the same time
Contemporaneous
having a tendancy to quarrel or dispute
Contentious
to contradict, oppose, violate
Contravene
penitent, eager to be forgiven
Contrite
puzzle, problem
Conundrum
an assembly of people; a rule or custom
Convention
intricate or involved
Convoluted
warm, affectionate
Cordial
the act of crowning
Coronation
to support with evidence
Corroborate
having the tendency to erode or eat away
Corrosive
a brilliant, unexpected act; the overthrow of a government and assumption of authority
Coup
readiness to believe
Credulity
a steady increase in intensity or volume
Crescendo
standards by which something is judged
Criteria
deserving blame
Culpable
to nurture, improve, refine
Cultivate
sly, clever at being deceitful
Cunning
to lessen, reduce
Curtail
a disastrous failure, disruption
Debacle
to lower the quality or esteem of something
Debase
to expose the falsefulness of something
Debunk
socially proper, appropriate
Decorous
no longer used or existing
Defunct
to hand overresponsibility for something
Delegate
intentional, reflecting careful consideration
Deliberate
a leader who appeals to a people's prejudices
Demagogue
to lower status or stature of something
Demean
quiet, modest, reserved
Demure
to belittle, diminish the opinion of
Denigrate
to criticize publicly
Denounce
abandoned, run-down
Derelict
to laugh at mockingly, scorn
Deride
taken directly from a source, unoriginal
Deriative
deserted, dreary, lifeless
Desolate
impoverished, utterly lacking
Destitute
to discourage, to prevent from doing
Deter
not striaghtforward, deceitful
Devious
intended to instruct; overly moralistic
Didactic
shy, quiet, modest
Diffident
to scatter, thin out, break up; not concentrated, scattered, disorganized
Diffuse
tending to delay, causing delay
Dilatory
showing care in doing one's work
Diligent
small or miniature
Diminutive
to deny knowledge of or responsibililty for
Disavow
to percieve, detect
Discern
to reveal, make public
Disclose
thwarted, baffled, embarrassed
Discomited
difference, failure of things to correspond
Discrepancy
the quality of being resserved in speech or action; good judgement
Discretion
rambling, lacking order
Discursive