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Flashcards in B List Vocabulary Deck (23):
1

failure to complete something

balk

2

lacking originality, freshness; ordinary

banal

3

cause of great distress/ruin

bane

4

overdone sentimentality; falsely

bathos

5

an ancient punishment in which the soles of the feet are beaten

bastinado

6

to harass, torment, plague

bedevil

7

charming or enchanting in a fascinating/mysterious way

beguiling (n.: beguile)

8

something big/significant

behemoth

9

a finer spirit; an intellectually gifted person

belesprit

10

to conceal/cover/deceive

belie

11

late 19th century to WWI in England

belle époque

12

a woman excelling in both beauty and goodness

bellibone

13

favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars

bellicose

14

sad from having lost something

bereft

15

a little trinket that is valuable and rare

bibelot

16

apathetic to pleasure or excitement as a result of excessive indulgence or enjoyment

blasé

17

to carry out valueless or extremely trivial work in order to convey the impression of industriousness or merely appearing busy

boondoggie

18

middle class

bourgeois

19

censor

bowdlerize

20

enthusiastic vigor, vitality

brio

21

gigantic (not flattering); big and simple

Brobdingnagian

22

claptrap, balderdash, nonsense; a showy but insincere speech made merely to attempt to impress the audience, but lacking in real substance

bunkum

23

2nd rate, rookie

bush league