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antipathy

(ăn tipʹ ǝ thē)

(noun) an intense dislike

So great was her feeling of antipathy that she was afraid it showed in her face.

syn: aversion

ant: affinity

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antithesis

(ăn tĭthʹ ĭ sĭs)

(noun) an exact opposite; an opposite extreme

Love is the antithesis of hate.

3

badinage

(băd n äzhʹ)

(noun) playful, teasing talk

(verb) to banter; to tease with playful talk

Although it started out as badinage, it quickly escalated to cutting insults.

4

banal

(bāʹ nǝl)

(adj.) common, ordinary

His banal remarks quickly bored the entire class.

syn: trivial, insipid

ant: original, fresh

5

baroque

(bǝ rōkʹ)

(adj.) overly decorated

The new dance club had a great light show; the baroque furnishings seemed right in place.

syn: ornate

ant: simple

6

bauble

(bôʹ bǝl)

(noun) a showy but useless thing

John had to find some kind of bauble to give Mary for Christmas.

syn: trinket

7

bedlam

(bĕdʹ lǝm)

(noun) a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion

The concert hall was sheer bedlam until the rock star appeared.

8

beguile

(bĭ gīlʹ)

(verb) to deceive; to charm; to enchant

Scarlett O'Hara tried to beguile all the eligible men she met.

9

besiege

(bĭ sējʹ)

(verb) to overwhelm; to surround and attack

Congressmen were besieged with phone calls during the controversial hearings.

10

besmirch

(bĭ smûrchʹ)

(verb) to make dirty; to stain

My ex-best friend tried to besmirch my reputation with her vicious gossip.

syn: soil, sully, smear

ant: cleanse

11

bestial

(bĕsʹ chǝl)

(adj.) savage, brutal

He took a bestial delight in tormenting the captive slaves.

syn: brutish, vile, cruel

ant: humane, kind

12

bilious

(bĭlʹ yǝs)

(adj.) bad tempered; cross

No one could stand being in the same room with Sam when he was in a bilious mood.

syn: grouchy, cantankerous

ant: pleasant

13

blanch

(blănch)

(verb) to whiten, to make pale

Sue's face blanched visibly when she saw the charred remains of what had been her home.

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bland

(blănd)

(adj.) mild, tasteless, dull

His bland manner had a calming effect on the children.

syn: smooth, agreeable

ant: exciting, thrilling

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blandishment

(blănʹ dish mǝnt)

(noun) flattery

Silky-smooth blandishments poured from his lips as he tried to butter up the old lady.