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Bacchanalian

Wild with drunkennes

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Badinage

Playful; teasing talk

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Bagatelle

Thing of little value; trifle

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Baleful

Harmful; menacing; pernicious

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Balk

To stop short

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Balmy

Mild and refreshing;

Mentally unstable (slang)

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Banal

Common; ordinary; trite

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Bandy

To exchange (as words)

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Bane

Cause of ruin, harm, or distress

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Banter

Teasing; good-natured joking

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Barb

A pointed part, as of an arrow or fishhook

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Bard

A poet

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Bark

A boat or sailing vessel

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Baroque

Overdecorated; showy

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Barrage

Heavy attack

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Barrister

Lawyer

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Bask

To lie in or be exposed to warmth

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Bastion

A strong defense; a fort

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Bauble

Showy but useless thing; trinket

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Bawdy

Indecent; humorously obscene

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Bayou

Marshy body of water

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Beacon

A light used for warning or guiding

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Beatitude

State of bliss

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Bedlam

A madhouse; a noisy uproar

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Befuddle

To confuse; to perplex

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Beget

To produce

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Begrudge

To resent another's success or enjoyment

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Beguile

To deceive; to charm

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Behemoth

Huge animal

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Beholden

Obligated; indebted

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Beleaguer

To encircle (with an army); to annoy

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Belligerent

Warlike; quarrelsome

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Bellow

To yell loudly

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Benediction

Blessing

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Benefactor

One who helps or supports another

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Benignant

Kindly; gentle

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Bequeath

To hand down; to pass on to

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Berate

To scold severely

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Bereave

To leave in a sad or lonely state; to deprive by force

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Berserk

Frenzied; violently destructive

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Beseech

To beg; appeal to

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Beset

To attack

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Besiege

To overwhelm; to close in on

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Besmirch

To make dirty

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Bestial

Savage; brutal

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Bestow

To give or present

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Bestride

To mount (a horse)

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Betrothed

Engaged; pledged to marry

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Bevy

A large group

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Bibliophile

Lover of books

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Bibulous

Absorbent; fond of alcoholic beverages

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Bide

(Ones time) to wait for a favorable opportunity

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Biennial

Occurring every two years

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Bigot

A narrow-minded, prejudiced person

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Bilious

Bad-tempered; cross

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Bilk

To cheat; to swindle

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Biped

Two-legged animal

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Bivouac

Temporary shelter

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Blanch

To whiten; to make pale

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Bland

Mild; tasteless; dull

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Blandishment

Flattery

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Blasé

Bored with life; unexcited; indifferent

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Blasphemy

Disrespect for holy places, people, or things; irreverence

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Blatant

Annoyingly conspicuous; offensively noisy and loud

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Blazon

To display; to proclaim

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Bleak

Unsheltered; gloomy

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Bleary

Blurred; dimmed

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Blight

Destruction; withering; disease

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Blithe

Carefree; lighthearted

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Bludgeon

A short, heavy club (n);
To bully or coerce (v)

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Bluster

To speak noisily; to boast

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Bode

To indicate in advance, as an omen does

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Bog

A swamp (n);
To sink or become stuck in (v)

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Bolster

To prop up; to support

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Bombastic

Using impressive but meaningless language

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Bon mot

Witty remark

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Bona fide

Genuine; in good faith

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Bondage

Slavery

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Boon

A benefit; a blessing; a favor

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Boor

A rude or impolite person

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Booty

Stolen money or goods

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Boreal

Northern

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Borne

Carried; put up with

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Botch

To mess up; to perform clumsily

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Bounty

Reward; generosity

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Bovine

Pertaining to cows or cattle

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Bowdlerize

To censor; to remove offensive passages or a play, novel, etc.

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Braggart

One who boasts

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Brandish

To shake or wave a weapon aggressively

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Brash

Offensively bold; rude

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Bravado

A show of courage; false bravery

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Brawn

Muscular strength

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Brazen

Shameless or impudent

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Breadth

Width

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Brevity

Briefness

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Brigand

A robber

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Brisk

Lively; quick

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Bristling

Showing irritation

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Broach

To introduce ( a subject )

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Browbeat

To bully; to intimidate

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Bruit

To spread the news

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Brunt

Shock, force, or impact, as of a blow

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Brusque

Abrupt in manner, blunt; rough

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Buccaneer

A pirate m

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Bucolic

Pertaining to the countryside; rural

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Bugbear

Something causing fear

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Bulbous

Swollen; shaped like a bulb

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Bulwark

A strong defense

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Bumptious

Conceited; arrogant

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Bungle

To do things clumsily or badly

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Buoy

A floating object (n);
To encourage (v)

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Burgeon

To flourish; to grow rapidly

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Burlesque

A speech or action that treats a serious subject with ridicule

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Burly

Muscular; husky

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Burnish

To polish

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Buttress

Any prop or support