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B part 2

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bemoan
v. show sorrow for or complain about (sb/sth)
benediction
n. blessing, esp one said before a meal or at the end of a church service
benefactor
n. person who gives money or other help to a school, hospital, charity, etc
beneficent
adj. showing active kindness; generous; charitable
benevolent
adj. ~ being, or wishing to be, kind, friendly and helpful
benison
blessing
bereft
adj. ~ (fml ) deprived of (a power or quality)
beseech
v. ask (someone) urgently and fervently for something.
beset
v. (fml ) trouble or harass persistently. surround or attack from all sides.
besmirch
v. dishonour (sb/sth); slander
bestial
adj. of or like a beast; brutish; cruel
betoken
v. be a sign of (sth); indicate
betroth
become engaged to marry
bewitch
v. put a magic spell on
bicameral
adj. having two legislative chambers
bigot
n. person who holds strong beliefs and opinions, and is intolerant of anyone who disagrees
bigotry
n. bigoted attitude or behaviour
bilk
v. ~ sb of sth) avoid paying money to sb; cheat sb (out of sth)
billow
n. large wave, PUFF UP/OUT
billowing
[ billow: ] a large sea wave
bivouac
n. temporary camp without tents or any other cover, esp used by soldiers or mountaineers
blackball
v. prevent from joining a club or group by voting against him in a ballot
blanch
v. 1) To turn white or become pale in fear 2) prepare by putting briefly in boiling water; scald
bland
adj. 1) TASTELESS, 2) UNINTERESTING, 3)showing no strong emotions; suave ;
blandishment
n. (fml ) flattering or coaxing words and actions
bleak
adj. (of a landscape) bare; exposed; wind-swept, dark, gloomy
blighted
(adj.) causing frustration or destruction
blithe
adj. happy and carefree; casual
blowhard
a very boastful and talkative person
bludgeon
n. short thick stick with a heavy end, used as a weapon
blues
state of depression, sadness, melancholy; style of syncopated jazz that originated from the early lamenting folk music of African Americans and is characterized by the repeated use of flat notes (Music)
bluster
v. 1)talk in a loud, aggressive, or indignant way with little effect, 2) blow fiercely or in strong gusts
bode
v. be a sign of (sth coming)
bog
n. wet spongy ground formed of decaying vegetation
boisterous
adj. noisy, lively and cheerful
bolster
support, strengthen, reinforce n. long ornamental pillow for a bed or sofa, cushion
bolt
n. metal bar that slides into a socket to lock a door, window, etc
botch
v. ~ sth spoil sth by poor or clumsy work; repair sth badly
bouillon
n. thin clear soup or broth; stock ;
bound
v. form the boundary of (sth); limit
bout
n. ~ short period of a specified activity
bowdlerize
expurgate, remove from (a text) material regarded as improper or offensive.
brackish
adj. slightly salty
braggadocio
a:empty boasting b:arrogant pretension:COCKINESS
brandish
v. wave or flourish (something) as a threat or in anger or excitement.
brawn
n. strong muscles; muscular strength
brawny
adj. strong and muscular
bridle
n. part of a horse's harness that goes on its head, including the metal bit for the mouth, the straps and the reins
brindled
adj. brown with streaks of another colour
bristling
rising like bristles; showing irritation
broach
v. make a hole in to draw off the liquid inside; open (a bottle, etc) to use the contents
brocade
n. fabric woven with a raised pattern, esp of gold or silver threads
broil
v. cook (meat) on a fire or gridiron; grill
brooch
n. ornament with a hinged pin and clasp, worn on women's clothes ,
brood
n.1)all the young birds or other animals produced at one hatching or birth 2)think deeply about something that makes one unhappy.
browbeat
v. ~ sb (into doing sth) frighten sb with stern looks and words; bully ; intimidate
brusque
adj. Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blun
buccaneer
n. pirate
buffet
n. counter where food and drink may be bought and consumed, esp in a railway station or on a train
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bungle
v. do badly or clumsily; spoil (a task) through lack of skill
burgeon
v. (of a plant) put out leaves; sprout, grow or increase rapidly.
burlesque
n. comic or exaggerated imitation; parody
burnish
v. make smooth and shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
n. support built against a wall .