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Flashcards in "B" Word List Deck (71):
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Badinage

Playful, teasing talk

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Bagatelle

Thing of little value

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Baleful

Harmful; menacing; pernicious

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Banal

Common; ordinary

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Bandy

To exchange

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Bard

A poet

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Bark

A boat or floating vessel

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Baroque

Overdecorated; showy

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Barrister

Lawyer (British)

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Bastion

A strong defense

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Bauble

Showy but useless thing; trinket

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Bawdy

Indecent; humorously

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Beatitude

State of Bliss

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Befuddle

To confuse

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Beget

To produce

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Beguile

To deceive; to charm

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Beholden

Obligated; indebted

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Beleaguer

Two encircle with an army; to annoy

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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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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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Beseech

To beg; appeal to

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Beset

To attack

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Besmirch

To make dirty

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Bestial

Savage; brutal

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Bestride

To mount (a horse)

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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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Biennial

Occurring every two years

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Bilious

Bad-tempered; cross

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Bilk

To cheat; to swindle

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Bivouac

Temporary shelter

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Blanch

To whiten; to make pale

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Blandishment

Flattery

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Blasé

Bored with life; unexcited; indifferent

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Blazon

To display; to proclaim

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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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Bluster

To speak noisily; to boast

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Bacchanalian

Wild with drunkenness

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Bode

To indicate in advance, as an omen does

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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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Boon

A benefit

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Boreal

Northern

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Borne

Carried; put up with

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Bourgeoisie

Middle class

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Bowdlerize

To censor; to remove offensive passages of 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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Brawn

Muscular strength

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Brigand

A robber

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Bristling

Showing irritation

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Broach

To introduce (a subject)

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Bruit

To spread the news

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Brusque

Abrupt in manner, blunt; rough

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Bucolic

Pertaining to the countryside

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Bugbear

Something causing fear

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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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Bureaucracy

System of government through departments

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Burgeon

To flourish

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Burlesque

A speech or action that treats a serious subject with ridicule

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Burnish

To polish

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Buttress

Any prop or support