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Auxiliary (adj)

offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary

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Avarice (n)

greediness for wealth
Montaigne is correct in maintaining that it is not poverty, but rather abundance, that breeds avarice. The more shoes Imelda Marcos had, the more she craved

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Aver (v)

assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact
The self proclaimed psychic averred that, because he had extrasensory perception on which to base his predictions, he needed no seismographs or other gadgets in order to foretell earthquakes

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Avocation (n)

secondary or minor occupation
His hobby proved to be so fascinating and profitable that gradually he abandoned his regular occupation and focused on his avocation

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Avuncular (adj)

like an uncle
Avuncular pride did not prevent him from noticing his nephew's shortcomings

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Awry (adv)

distorted; crooked

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Axiom (n)

self0evident truth requiring no proof
The Declaration of Independence records certain self-evident truths or axioms, the first of which is "All men are created equal". To Sherlock Holmes, it was axiomatic that the little things were infinitely the most important; he based his theory of detection oaths obvious truth

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Baleful (adj)

threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing
The bully's baleful glare across the classroom warned Tim to expect trouble after school. Blood-red in colour, the planet Mars has long been associated with warfare and slaughter because of its ominous, baleful appearance

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Balk (v)

stop short, as if faced with an obstacle and refuse to continue
The chief of police balked at sending his officers into the riot-torn area

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Balk (v)

foil
When the warden learned that several inmates were planning to escape, he took steps to balk their attempt

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Banal (adj)

hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
The hack writer's worn-out cliches made his comic sketches seem banal. He even resorted to the banality of having someone slip on a banana peel!

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Bandy (v)

discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
While the president was happy to bandy patriotic generalisations with anyone who would listen to him, he refused to bandy words with unfriendly reporters at the press conference

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Bane (n)

curse; cause of ruin
Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence, scribbling on walls with he lipsticks

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Baneful (adj)

destructive, causing ruin or death

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Barb (n)

sharp projection from fishhook or other objects; openly cutting remark
If you were a politician, which would you prefer, being caught on the barb of a fishhook or being subjected to malicious verbal barbs?

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Baroque (adj)

highly ornate
Accustomed to the severe, angular lines of modern skyscrapers, they found the flamboyance of baroque architecture amusing

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Bastion (n)

stonghold

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Bawdy (adj)

indecent; obscene
Jack took offence at Jill's bawdy remarks. What kind of young man did she think he was?

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Beatific (adj)

showing or producing joy; blissful
When Johnny first saw the new puppy, a beatific smile spread across his face

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Beatify (v)

bless or sanctify; proclaim someone dead to be one of the blessed

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Bedraggle (v)

wet thoroughly
We were so bedraggled but the severe storm that we had to change into dry clothing

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Beeline (n)

direct; quick route
As soon as the movie was over, they made a beeline for the exit

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Befuddle (v)

confuse thoroughly
His attempts to clarify the situation succeeded only in befuddling her further

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Beget (v)

father; produce; give rise to
One good turn may deserve another; it does not necessarily beget another

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Begrudge (v)

resent

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Beguile (v)

mislead or delude; cheat; pass time
With flattery and big talk of easy money, the con men beguiled Kyle into betting his allowance on the game

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Beholden (adj)

obligated; indebted

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Behoove (v)

be necessary or proper for; be incumbent upon
Because the interest of the ruler and the ruled are incompatible, it behooves the ruler to trust no one

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Belabor (v)

explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree assail verbally
The debate coach warned her students to to be bore the audience by belabouring their points

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Beleaguer (v)

besiege or attack; harass

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Belie (v)

contradict; give a false impression
His coarse, hard-rigged exterior belied his innate sensitivity

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Bellicose (ade)

warlike; pugnacious; naturally inclined to fight
Someone who is spoiling for a fight is by definition bellicose

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Belligerent (adj)

quarrelsome

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Benign (adj)

kindly; favourable; not malignant