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Flashcards in Deck 15 Deck (20):
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Autodidact

A self-taught person

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Avant-garde

Advance group in any field; work characterized by unorthodox and experimental methods

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Bald

Plain, blunt, simple

4

Balkanize

To divide into small, contenting, ineffectual factions

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Ballast

Something heavy carried to give desired weight
Anything that gives mental, moral, or political stability or steadiness

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Beguile

Influence by trickery, flatter; deceive; mislead

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Bedizen

To dress or adorn in showy, gaudy, tasteless manner

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Belletristic

Literature regarded as fine art, especially with a purely aesthetic function

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Beseech

To implore urgently

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Besmirch

To soil, tarnish, discolor

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Besotted

Intoxicated; drunk
Infatuated; obsessed

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Blandishments

Something (action or speech) that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.

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Blather

Foolish, voluble talk

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Bleat

To utter the sound of a sheep, goat

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Boisterous

Rough, noisy

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Boon

Something to be thankful for; blessing
Something that is asked; a favor sought

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Boondoggle

Work of little or no value done only to keep busy

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Boosterism

The action of enthusiastically promoting something

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Breadth

Size in general, extent

Measured by width

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Cabal

Small group of secret plotters