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Bacchanal

a party animal; a drunken reveler; a drunken revelry or orgy

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Baleful

menacing; threatening

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Balk

to abruptly refuse (to do something); to stop short

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Ballyhoo

sensational advertising or promotion; uproar

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Balm

something that heals or soothes

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Banal

unoriginal; ordinary

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Bandy

to toss back and forth; to exchange

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Bane

poison; torment; cause of harm

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Banter

an exchange of god-humored or mildly teasing remarks

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Baroque

extravagantly ornate; flamboyant in style

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Barrage

a concentrated outpouring or artillery fire, or of anything else

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Bastion

stronghold; fortress; fortified place

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Bauble

a gaudy trinket; a small, inexpensive ornament

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Bedlam

noisy uproar and chaos; a place characterized by noisy uproar and chaos

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Beget

to give birth to; to create; to lead to; to cause

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Begrudge

to envy another's possession or enjoyment of something' to be reluctant to give, or to give grudgingly

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Behest

command; order

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Belabor

to go over repeatedly or to an absurd extent

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Beleaguer

to surround; to besiege; to harass

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Belie

to give a false impression of; to contradict

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Belittle

to make to seem little; to put someone down

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Belligerent

combative; quarrelsome; waging war

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Bemoan

to mourn about; to lament

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Bemused

confused; bewildered

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Benediction

a blessing; an utterance of good wishes

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Benefactor

one who provides help, especially in the form of a gift or donation

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Benevolent

generous; kind; doing good deeds

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Benighted

ignorant; unelightened

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Benign

gentle; not harmful; kind; mild

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Bequest

something left to someone in a will

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Bereaved

deprived or left desolate, especially through death

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Beset

to harass; to surround

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Bestow

to present as a gift; to confer

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Bilious

ill-tempered; cranky

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Bivouac

a temporary encampment, especially of soldiers

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Blanch

to turn pale; to cause to turn pale

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Bland

mild; tasteless; dull; unlively

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B;andishment

flattery

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Blasphemy

irreverence; an insult to something held sacred; profanity

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Blatant

unpleasantly or offensively noisy; glaring

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Blight

a disease in plants; anything that injures or destroys

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Bliss

perfect contentment; extreme joy

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Blithe

carefree; cheerful

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Bluster

to roar; to be loud; to be tumultuous

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Bombast

pompous or pretentious speech or writing

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Bon vivant

a person who enjoys good food, good drink, and luxurious living

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Bona fide

sincere; done or made in good faith; authentic; genuine

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Boon

a blessing; a benefit

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Boor

a rude or churlish person

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Booty

goods taken from an enemy in war; plunder; stolen or confiscated goods

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Botch

to bungle; to ruin through poor or clumsy effort

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Bourgeois

middle class, usually in a pejorative sense; boringly conventional

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Bovine

cow related; cowlike

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Bracing

invigorating

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Brandish

to wave or display threateningly

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Bravado

a false show or ostentatious show of bravery or defiance

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Brawn

big muscles; great strength

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Brazen

impudent; bold

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Breach

a violation; a gap or break

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Brevity

briefness

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Brink

edge

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Bristle

to stiffen with anger; to act in a way suggestive of an animal whose hair is standing on end; to appear in some way similar to hair standing on end

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Broach

to open up a subject for discussion, often a delicate subject

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Bromide

a dull, obvious overfamiliar saying; a clich̩

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Brouhaha

uproar; hubub

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Brusque

abrupt in manner; blunt

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Bucolic

charmingly rural; rustic; countrylike

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Buffoon

a joker, especially one who is coarse or acts like an ass

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Bulwark

a wall used as a defensive fortification; anything used as the main defense against anything else

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Bureeaucracy

a system of government administration consisting or numerous bureaus or offices, especially one run according to inflexible ant inefficient rules; any large administrative system characterized by inefficiency, lots of rules, and red tape

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Burgeon

to expand; to flourish

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Burlesque

a ludicrous, mocking, lewd imitaton

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Byzantine

extremely intricate or complicated in structure; having to do with the Byzantine Empire