atavism

resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents. reversion to an earlier type, throwback

austere

1) forbiddingly stern; 2) ascetic; 3) without comfort or enjoyment; 4) simple and unornamented

authoritarian

1) subordinating the individual to the state; 2) completely dominating others' will

authoritative

1) reliable, authorized; 2) peremptory, dictatorial; 3) classical, definitive; 4) important, having ascendancy or influence

auxiliary

ADJ. 1) offering or providing help; 2) additional or subsidiary; N. 3) helper, assisant

averse

reluctant, disinclined, not liking or opposed

avid

greedy, extremely eager for

awe

N. 1) solemn wonder, feeling of respect mixed with wonder and fear; 2) fill with amazement

awl

pointed tool used for piercing

awry

distorted, crooked, bent

babble

1) chatter idly or foolishly; 2) make continuous sounds like water running gently over rounded stone

badger

pester, annoy continually with demands, persuade by asking again and again

badinage

teasing conversation, banter, joking talk

baffle

1) frustrate, perplex, disconcert; 2) defeat; 3) to check or break the force or flow of

bait

1) persecute or exasperate with unjust. malicious, or persistent attacks; 2) tease; 3) to attack by biting or tearing; 4) entice, lure; 5) to give food and drink (to an animal)

baleful

1) evil, malignant in intent or effect, having a malign influence; 2) deadly; 3) portending evil, ominous, threatening

balk

1) stop short as if faced with an obstacle and refuse to continue; 2) foil, stop or get in the way of, frustrate

ballast

heavy substance used to add stability or weight

balm

1) something that relieves pain; 2)oily liquid with a pleasant smell from trees

balmy

1) soft and mild (of air); 2) fragrant

banal

hackneyed, trite, cliched, commonplace, lacking originality

bandy

1) discuss lightly or glibly; 2) exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel

bane

poison, cause of ruin

bantering

joking talk, good naturedly ridiculing

barb

1) sharp projection from a fishhook, arrow, or other object; 2) openly cutting remark

barefaced

shameless and noticeable, blatant, bold, unconcealed, having no covering on the face

baroque

highly ornate

barrage

1) a dam (used to increase depth of water or divert it for navigation or irrigation); 2) artillery fire (laid down on a line as a barrier to screen and protect friendly troops); 3) a vigorous or rapid outpouring of many things at once (a _____ of protests)

barrage

1) a dam (used to increase depth of water or divert it for navigation or irrigation); 2) artillery fire (laid down as a business to screen and protect friendly troops); 3) a vigorous or rapid outpouring of many things at once (a _____ of protests)

barrister

counselor-at-low or lawyer in the higher court of law

barrister

counselor-at-law or lawyer in the higher court of law

bask

luxuriate, take pleasure in warmth

bastion

stronghold, something seen as a source of protection

bastion

stronghold, something seen as a sauce of protection

bate

let down, lessen the force of, moderate, strain

bauble

trinket, cheap jewel, trifle

bawdy

indecent, obscene, about sex in a rude and funny way

bawdy

indecent, obscene, about sex in a rude funny way

beatific

giving or showing bliss, blissful

beatitude

blessedness, a state of great happiness

bedizen

dress with vulgar finery

bedraggle

wet thoroughly

beeline

direct quick route

befuddle

confuse thoroughly

begrudge

envy, give or allow unwillingly

beguile

1) deceive, mislead or delude, cheat; 2) pass time pleasantly; 3) charm or attract

beguile

deceive, mislead or delude, cheat; pass time pleasantly, charm or attract

behemoth

huge creature, something of monstrous size or power

beholden

obligated, indebted, owing thanks

beholden

obligated, indebted, owing thanks to

behoove

be suited to, be incumbent upon, be right and necessary

belabor

1) harp on, dwell of tediously, explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; 2) assail verbally; 3) beat severely, attack physically

belabor

1) harp on, dwell on tediously, explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; 2) assail verbally; 3) beat severely, attack physically

belated

delayed

beleaguer

besiege or attack (w/ an army), harass, beset

belie

contradict; 2) give a false impression, disguise

belie

1) contradict; 2) give a false impression, disguise

bellicose

warlike

belligerent

quarrelsome

bemoan

lament, moan for, express sorrow or disapproval of

bemused

1) confused, puzzled, bewildered; 2) lost in thought, absorbed; 3) preoccupied, distracted; 4) to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement

benediction

blessing

benefactor

gift giver, one that confers a benefit

beneficent

1) doing or producing good; 2) beneficial

beneficiary

one that benefits from something, especially a person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will

benefit

1) anything that brings help, advantage, or profit; 2) service or right provided in addition to salary by an employer, payment or service provided under annuity, pension plan or insurance policy; 3) social event to raise funds for person or cause

benevolent

generous, charitable, having a wish to do good

benign

1) kindly, favorable; 2) harmless

benison

blessing

bent

1) determined; 2) changed out of an originally straight or even condition; 3) different than normal or usual; 4) dishonest, corrupt; 5) bias; 6) talent; 7) capacity or endurance; 8) a transverse framework (as in a bridge) to carry lateral as well as transverse loads; 9) unenclosed grassland; 10) a stalk of stiff coarse grass

bequeath

leave to someone by means of a will, hand down in a will

bequest

V. 1) the act of leaving something to someone in one's will; N 2) possession granted to someone by a will; 3) legacy

finery

beautiful clothes for a special occasion

fuddle

make stupid or confused (as with alcoholic drink)

luxuriate

take pleasure in great comfort

mystic

of hidden meaning and spiritual power

solicitor

1) one who approached with a request or plea; 2) lawyer of the lower court; 3) chief law official of a municipality, county, or department

solicitor

lawyer in the lower court of law

unregenerate

making no attempt to change one's bad practices

bicker

1) quarrel; 2) quiver, flicker

biennial

every two years

bifurcated

divided into two branches, forked

bigotry

stubborn intolerance

bigot

one who is intolerant (in matters of religion or politics)

belittle

disparage, depreciate

beneficial

helpful, useful, advantageous

authenticate

prove genuine

autopsy

examination of a dead body, postmortem

avalanche

great mass of falling snow or ice

aversion

firm dislike

barter

trade, exchange for goods rather than money

beget

father, produce, give rise to

intolerant

not willing to accept ways of thinking different from one's own

brawl

1) noisy quarrel or fight; 2) make a loud confused noise

attribute

1) essential quality; 2) ascribe, explain

asylum

place of refuge or shelter, religious or political protection

atone

make amends, pay for

atrocity

brutal deed

atrophy

wasting away

attest

bear witness

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