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bauble
trinket; trifle
behoove(behove)
be suited to; be incumbent upon; be right and necessary; Ex. It behooves one to do.
beleaguer
besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset
benison
blessing
bequeath
leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will; N. bequest
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved; state of being bereaved or bereft
bereft
deprived of (something valuable); lacking
beseech
beg; pleed with
berserk
mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excited
beset
harass or trouble from all directions; hem in
besmirch
soil; defile; make dirty
bicker
quarrel
bilious
peevishly ill humoured
billowing
swelling out in waves; surging
bivouac
temporary encampment
blanch
bleech; whiten
blandish
cajole; coax with flattery
blas\'e
bored with pleasure or dissipation; uninterested or bored
blatant
extremely (offensively) obvious; loudly offensive; Ex. blatant lie; N. blatancy
blithe(blithesome)
gay; joyous
bluff
pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff; ADJ: rough but good-natured
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale
boisterous
violent; rough; noisy
bolt
door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric; large roll of cloth; V: dash or dart off; fasten (a
bourgeois
middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions
bovine
cowlike; placid and dull; slow-thinking; calm
bowdlerize
expurgate; CF. Thomas Bowdler
bravado
swagger; assumed air of defiance; false show of bravery
brazen
insolent; without shame; bold; Ex. brazen lie; V: face with bold self-assurance or with unshamed confidence
brawl
noisy quarrel
broach
introduce as a subject; moot; open up
brocade
rich, figured(patterned) fabric
brook
tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small stream
browbeat
bully; intimidate
brunt
main impact or shock (of an attack or blow); Ex. brunt of the argument
brusque
blunt; abrupt; curt; not wanting to waste time being nice
bulwark
strong wall built for defense; earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bungle
mismanage; blunder; botch; blow; spoil by clumsy behavior
burgeon
grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly
cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cadaver
corpse; dead human body
cadence
rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat; regular beat of sound; rhythm
caldron(cauldron)
large kettle
callous
hardened; unfeeling; without sympathy for the sufferings of others; unkind
callow
youthful; immature; inexperienced
calumny
malicious misrepresentation; slander
cameo
shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film
canard
unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report
candor
frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candid
canny
shrewd in money matters; thrifty
cant
insincere speech or expression of piety; jargon of thieves; special words used by a particular group of people
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable
cantata
story set to music to be sung by a chorus (shorter than an oratorio)
canter
slow gallop; V. CF. trot