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barrister

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

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solicitor

lawyer in the lower court of law

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barterer

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

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bask

luxuriate; take pleasure in warmth

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luxuriate

take pleasure in great comfort

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bastion

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

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bate

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

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bauble

trinket; cheap jewel; trifle

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bawdy

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

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beatific

giving or showing bliss; blissful

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bliss

complete happiness; ADJ. blissful

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beatitude

blessedness; state of great happiness

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mystic

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

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bedizen

dress with vulgar finery

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finery

beautiful clothes for a special occasion

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bedraggle

wet thoroughly; ADJ. bedraggled: draggled

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beeline

direct quick route

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befuddle

confuse thoroughly

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fuddle

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

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beget

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

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begrudge

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

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grudge

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

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beguile

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

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behemoth

huge creature; something of monstrous size or power

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beholden

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

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behoove(behove)

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

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belabor

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

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belated

delayed

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beleaguer

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

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belie

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

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belittle

disparage; depreciate

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bellicose

warlike

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belligerent

quarrelsome

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bemoan

lament; moan for; express sorrow or disapproval of

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bemused

confused; lost in thought; preoccupied

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benediction

blessing

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benefactor

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

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beneficent

kindly; doing good

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beneficial

helpful; useful; advantageous

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beneficiary

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

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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

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benevolent

generous; charitable; having a wish to do good

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benign

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

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benison

blessing

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bent

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

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bequeath

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

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berate

scold strongly

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bereavement

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

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bereaved

deprived of (someone beloved through death)

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bereft

deprived of (something valuable); lacking

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berserk

mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excited

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beseech

beg; plead with

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beset

harass or trouble from all directions; hem in

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hem

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

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besiege

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

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besmirch

soil; defile; make dirty

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bestial

beastlike; brutal; inhuman; very cruel

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bestow

confer

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betoken

signify; indicate; be a sign of

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token

outward sign; Ex. a token of our gratitude

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betray

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

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betroth

become engaged to marry

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bevy

large group; Ex. a bevy of starlets

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bicameral

two-chambered as a legislative body

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bicker

quarrel

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biennial

every two years

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bifurcated

divided into two branches; forked

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bigotry

stubborn intolerance

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bigot

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

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intolerant

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

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bilious

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

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bilk

swindle; cheat

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billowing

swelling out in waves; surging

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billow

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

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swell

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

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surge

powerful movement of or like a wave; V.

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bivouac

temporary encampment; camp without tents; V.

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bizarre

fantastic; violently contrasting; noticeably odd; strikingly unconventional

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blanch

bleach; whiten; make white or pale

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bland

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

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blandishment

flattery

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blare

loud or harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light

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screech

unpleasant high sharp sound; shriek; V.

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dazzle

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

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blasé

bored with pleasure or dissipation; uninterested or bored

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blasphemy

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

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blatant

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

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bleak

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

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blighted

suffering from a disease; destroyed

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blight

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

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blithe(blithesome)

gay; joyous

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bloated

(unpleasantly) swollen or puffed as with water or air

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blowhard

talkative boaster; braggart

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bludgeon

club; heavy-headed weapon; V.

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bluff

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

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blunder

error; stupid mistake

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blurt

utter impulsively from nervousness or excitement

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bluster

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

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bully

one who is habitually cruel to weaker people; V.

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bode

foreshadow; portend

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bogus

counterfeit; not authentic; intentionally false; Ex. bogus interview

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bohemian

unconventional (in an artistic way)

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boisterous

violent; rough; noisy

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bolster

support; reinforce

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bolt

door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric; large roll of cloth; V: dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down

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dart

move or throw suddenly and quickly

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gobble

eat very quickly

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bombardment

attack (as with missiles or bombs); V. bombard

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bombastic

pompous; using inflated language

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bombast

grandiloquent, pompous speech

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boon

blessing; benefit; something very helpful

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boorish

rude; insensitive

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boor

rude, insensitive person

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bouillon

clear beef (or meat) soup

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bountiful

generous; graciously generous; showing bounty

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gracious

kind in a generous way (to someone less important)

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bourgeois

middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions

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bovine

cowlike; placid and dull; slow-thinking; calm

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bowdlerize

expurgate; CF. Thomas Bowdler

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brackish

somewhat saline

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braggadocio

boasting

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brag

boast

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braggart

boaster; bragger

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brandish

wave around (a weapon); flourish

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bravado

swagger; assumed air of defiance; false show of bravery

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swagger

walk or behave with an over-confident manner

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brawn

human muscle; muscular strength; sturdiness

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brawny

muscular; having well-developed muscles

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sturdy

strong and firm (in the body)

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brazen

insolent; without shame; bold; Ex. brazen lie; V: face with bold self-assurance or with unshamed confidence

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brawl

noisy quarrel

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breach

breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap; opening; V.

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breadth

width; extent

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brevity

conciseness; shortness of duration

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brindled

tawny or grayish with streaks or spots (of animals)

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tawny

brownish yellow

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bristling

rising like bristles; showing irritation

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bristle

short stiff hair; V: (hair or fur) stand up stiffly

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brittle

hard but easily broken; difficult; unstable; Ex. brittle situation

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broach

introduce as a subject; moot; open up

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brocade

rich, figured(patterned) fabric

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brochure

pamphlet

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brooch

ornamental clasp; pin

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clasp

hold firmly within arms

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brook

tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small stream

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browbeat

bully; intimidate

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browse

graze; feed on growing grass; skim or glance at casually

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graze

(of an animal) feed on growing grass; cause (an animal) to feed on grass; scrape (esp. the skin) or touch lightly in passing; brush; Ex. We can't graze the cattle till summer; N: surface wound

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skim

read or glance through quickly; touch lightly in passing; brush; remove from the surface of a liquid

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brunt

main impact or shock (of an attack or blow); Ex. brunt of the argument

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brusque

blunt; abrupt; curt; not wanting to waste time being nice

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buccaneer

pirate

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bucolic

rustic; pastoral

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buffet

strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; N: table with food set out for people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set

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slap

hit quickly with the flat part of the hand; N. CF. smack

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buffoonery

clowning

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buffoon

stupid person; clown

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clown

act stupidly; play the fool; N.

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bugaboo

bugbear; object of baseless terror

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bullion

gold and silver in the form of bars

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bulwark

strong wall built for defense; earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends

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bungle

mismanage; blunder; botch; blow; spoil by clumsy behavior

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botch

mismanage; blow

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buoyant

able to float; cheerful and optimistic; N. buoyancy; Ex. buoyancy of wood/water/American market

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bureaucracy

overregulated administrative system marked by red tape; ADJ. bureaucratic

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burgeon

grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon

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burlesque

give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly

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burnish

make shiny by rubbing; polish

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buttress

support; prop up; N. stationary structure to support wall; Ex. flying buttress

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prop

support placed under or against something; V.

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buxom

full-bosomed; plump; jolly

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plump

pleasantly fat; nicely rounded

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cabal

small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests

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cache

hiding place; V.

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cacophonous

discordant; inharmonious; N. cacophony: unpleasant mixture of loud sounds

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cadaver

corpse; dead human body

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cadaverous

like a corpse; pale

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cadence

rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat; regular beat of sound; rhythm

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cajole

persuade by praise or false promise; coax; wheedle

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coax

persuade by flattery

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calamity

disaster; misery

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calculated

deliberately planned; likely

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caldron(cauldron)

large kettle

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caliber

ability; quality; diameter of the inside of a round cylinder; Ex. work of very high caliber

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calligraphy

beautiful writing; excellent penmanship

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callous

hardened; unfeeling; without sympathy for the sufferings of others; unkind

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callus

area of thick hard skin

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callow

youthful; immature; inexperienced

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calorific

heat-producing; N. calorie

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calumny

malicious misrepresentation; slander

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camaraderie

good-fellowship; CF. comrade

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cameo

shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film

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canard

unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report

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candor

frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candid

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canine

related to dogs; doglike

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canker

any ulcerous sore; ulcer; any evil; CF. cancer

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ulcer

sore place appearing on the skin inside or outside the body; Ex. stomach ulcer; ADJ. ulcerous; V. ulcerate

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canny

shrewd in money matters; thrifty

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cant

insincere speech or expression of piety; jargon of thieves; special words used by a particular group of people

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cantankerous

ill-humored; irritable