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blunder
n. error
The criminal's fatal blunder led to his capture. also v.
blurt
v. utter impulsively
Before she could stop he blurted out the news.
bluster
v. blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully.
"Let the stormy winds bluster," cried Jack, "we'll set sail tonight." Jill let Jack bluster: she wasn't going anywhere no matter what he said. also N
bode
v. foreshadow; portend
The gloomy skies and the sulfurous odors from the mineral springs seemed to bode evil to those who settled in the area.
bogus
adj. counterfiet; not authentic
The police quickly found the distributors of the bogus twenty-dollar bills
bohemian
adj. unconvential(in an artistic way).
Gertrude Stein ran off to Paris to live an eccentric bohemian life with her writer friends.
boisterous
adj. violent rough; noisy
The unruly crowd became even more boisterous when he tried to quiet them.
bolster
v. support; reinforce
The debaters amassed file boxes full of evidence to bolster their arguements.
bolt (noun usage)
n. door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric
The carpenter shut the workshop door, sliding the heavy metal bolt into place.
bolt (verb usage)
v. dash or dart off; (fasten (a door); gobble down.
bombardment
n. attack (as with missiles).
bombastic
adj. pompous; using inflated language
boon
n. blessing; benefit
boorish
adj. rude; insensitive
bouillon
n. clear beef soup
bountiful
adj. abundant; graciously generous
bourgeois
adj. middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
bovine
adj. cowlike; placid and dull
bowdlerize
v. expurgate, to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous
boycott
v. refrain from buying or using
brackish
adj. somewhat saline
braggadocio
n. boasting
braggart
n. boaster
brandish
v. wave around; flourish
bravado
n. swagger; assumed air of defiance
brawn
n. muscular strength; sturdiness
brazen
adj. insolent
breach
n. breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap
breadth
n. width; extent
brevity
n. conciseness
brindled
adj. tawny or grayish with streaks or spots.
bristling
adj. rising like bristles; showing irritation
brittle
adj. easily broken; difficult
broach
v. introduce; open up
brocade
n. rich, figured frabric
brochure
n. pamphlet.
brooch
n. ornamental clasp
brook
v. tolerate; endure
browbeat
v. bully; intimidate
browse
v. graze; skim or glance at casually.
brunt
n. main impact or shock
brusque
adj. blunt; abrupt
buccaneer
n. pirate
bucolic
adj. rustic; pastoral; of or relating to the countryside : not urban
buffonery
n. clowning
bugaboo
n. bugbear; object of baseless terror
bullion
n. gold and silver in the form of bars
bulwark
n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder
buoyant
adj. able to float; cheerful and optimistic
bureaucracy
n. overregulated adminstrative system marked by red tape.
burgeon
v. grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
v. give an imitation that ridicules
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
v. support; prop up
buxom
adj. full-bosomed; plump; jolly
cabal
n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
n. hiding place
cacophonous
adj. discordant; inharmonious
cadaver
n. corpse
cadaverous
adj. like a corpse; pale
cadence
n. rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
cadge
v. beg; mooch; panhandle
While his car was in the shop, Bob had to cadge a ride to work each day. Unwilling to be a complete moocher, however, he offered to pay for the gas.
cajole
v. coax; wheedle
calamity
n. disaster; misery
calculated
adj. deliberately planned; likely
caldron
n. large kettle
caliber
n. ability; quality
calligraphy
n. beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
callous
adj. hardened; unfeeling
callow
adj. youthful; immature; inexperienced
calorific
adj. heat-producing
calumny
n. malicious misrepresentation; slander
camaraderie
n. good-fellowship
cameo
n. shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film
camouflage
v. disguise; conceal
canard
n. false or unfounded story; fabricated report
candor
n. frankness; open honesty
canine
adj. related to dogs; doglike
canker
n. any ulcerous sore; any evil
canny
adj. shrewd; thrifty
canon
n. collection or authoritative list of books (e.g., by an author, or accepted as scripture).
canon
n. rule of principle, frequently religious
cant
n. insincere expression of piety; jargon of thieves
Shocked by news of the minister's extramarital love affairs, the worshippers dismissed his talk about the sacredness of marriage as mere cant. Cant is a form of hypocrisy: those who can, pray; those who cant, pretend.
cantankerous
adj. ill-humored; irritable
cantata
n. story set to music, to be sung by a chorus
canter
n. slow gallop
Because the racehorse had outdistanced its competition so easily, the reporter wrote that the race was won in a canter. also v.