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counselor-at-law or lawyer in the higher court of law; CF. bar

s solicitor

lawyer in the lower court of law


trader; V. barter: trade; exchange good for other goods rather than money

n bask

luxuriate; take pleasure in warmth

s luxuriate

take pleasure in great comfort

n bastion

stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism

n bate

let down; lessen the force of; moderate; restrain; Ex. with bated breath; CF. abate

n bauble

trinket; cheap jewel; trifle

n bawdy

indecent; obscene; about sex in a rude funny way; CF. bawd

n beatific

giving or showing bliss; blissful

s bliss

complete happiness; ADJ. blissful

n beatitude

blessedness; state of great happiness

s mystic

of hidden meaning and spiritual power; Ex. mystic ceremonies; N. CF. mysticism

n bedizen

dress with vulgar finery

s finery

beautiful clothes for a special occasion

n bedraggle

wet thoroughly; ADJ. bedraggled: draggled

n beeline

direct quick route

n befuddle

confuse thoroughly

s fuddle

make stupid or confused as with alcholic drink; N. in a fuddle: confused


father; become the father of; produce; give rise to

n begrudge

envy; give or allow unwillingly; grudge; Ex. We shouldn't begrudge him his success.

s grudge

deep feeling of dislike; Ex. grudge fight; V.

n beguile

deceive; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time pleasantly; charm or attract; Ex. beguiling smile

n behemoth

huge creature; something of monstrous size or power

n beholden

obligated; indebted; owing thanks; obliged or indebted from gratitude

n behoove(behove)

be suited to; be incumbent upon; be right and necessary; Ex. It behooves one to do.

n belabor

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

n belated


n beleaguer

besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset

n belie

contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.


disparage; depreciate





n bemoan

lament; moan for; express sorrow or disapproval of

n bemused

confused; lost in thought; preoccupied




gift giver; patron; person who does good or who gives money for a good purpose


kindly; doing good


helpful; useful; advantageous


person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will

n benefit

advantage; anything that brings helpl, advantage, or profit; money provided by the government to the people; fund-raising public entertainment; Ex. unemployment benefit; V: receive benefits; be beneficial to; give benefits


generous; charitable; having a wish to do good


kindly; favorable; not malignant (disease); Ex. benign tumor




determined; Ex. bent on advancing in the business; N: natural talent or inclination


leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will; N. bequest

n berate

scold strongly

n bereavement

state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved; state of being bereaved or bereft

n bereaved

deprived of (someone beloved through death)

n bereft

deprived of (something valuable); lacking

n berserk

mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excited


beg; plead with

n beset

harass or trouble from all directions; hem in

s hem

surround tightly so that movement is impossible; Ex. hem in; N.


surround with armed forces; harass (with requests); annoy continually

n besmirch

soil; defile; make dirty

n bestial

beastlike; brutal; inhuman; very cruel



n betoken

signify; indicate; be a sign of

s token

outward sign; Ex. a token of our gratitude

n betray

be unfaithful; reveal (unconsciously or unwillingly); Ex. Her trembling hands betray her anxiety.

n betroth

become engaged to marry

n bevy

large group; Ex. a bevy of starlets


two-chambered as a legislative body




every two years

n bifurcated

divided into two branches; forked

n bigotry

stubborn intolerance

s bigot

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

s intolerant

not willing to accept ways of thinking different from one's own; CF. tolerant; CF. tolerate

n bilious

suffering from indigestion; sick from having too much bile; irritable; easily irritated

n bilk

swindle; cheat

n billowing

swelling out in waves; surging

s billow

large wave of water; a great swell or surge (of smoke); V: surge, swell, roll in billows

s swell

long wave of water that moves continuously without breaking; V.

s surge

powerful movement of or like a wave; V.

n bivouac

temporary encampment; camp without tents; V.


fantastic; violently contrasting; noticeably odd; strikingly unconventional

n blanch

bleach; whiten; make white or pale

n bland

soothing or mild (food); agreeable; causing no trouble or offence

n blandishment


n blare

loud or harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light

s screech

unpleasant high sharp sound; shriek; V.

s dazzle

make blind with a sudden intense light; amaze; fill with wonder

n blas\'e

bored with pleasure or dissipation; uninterested or bored

n blasphemy

irreverence; sacrilege; cursing; bad language about God or holy things; V. blasphem; ADJ. blasphemous; CF. sacrilege

n blatant

extremely (offensively) obvious; loudly offensive; Ex. blatant lie; N. blatancy

n bleak

cold or cheerless; frigid; unlikely to be favorable; depressing

n blighted

suffering from a disease; destroyed

s blight

plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroy

n blithe(blithesome)

gay; joyous

n bloated

(unpleasantly) swollen or puffed as with water or air

n blowhard

talkative boaster; braggart

n bludgeon

club; heavy-headed weapon; V.

n bluff

pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff; ADJ: rough but good-natured


error; stupid mistake

n blurt

utter impulsively from nervousness or excitement

n bluster

blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale

s bully

one who is habitually cruel to weaker people; V.


foreshadow; portend

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