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blunder
n. error
blurt
v. utter impulsively
bluster
v. blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
bode
v. foreshadow; portend
bogus
adj. counterfeit; not authentic
bohemian
adj. unconventional (in an artistic way)
boisterous
adj. violent; rough; noisy
bolster
v. support; reinforce
bolt
n. door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric
bolt
v. dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down
bombardment
n. attack with missiles
bombastic
adj. pompous; using inflated language
booming
adj. deep and resonant; flourishing, thriving
boon
n. blessing; benefit
boorish
adj. rude; insensitive
boundless
adj. unlimited; vast
bountiful
adj. abundant; graciously generous
bourgeois
adj. middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
bovine
adj. cowlike; placid and dull
bowdlerize
v. expurgate
boycott
v. refrain from buying or using
braggart
n. boaster
brandish
v. wave around; flourish
bravado
n. swagger; assumed air of defiance
brawn
n. muscular strength; sturdiness
brazen
adj. insolent
breach
n. breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap
breadth
n. width; extent
brevity
n. conciseness
bristling
adj. rising like bristles; showing irritation
brittle
adj. easily broken; difficult
broach
v. introduce; open up
brochure
n. pamphlet
browbeat
v. bully; intimidate
browse
v. graze; skim or glance at casually
brunt
n. main impact or shock
brusque
adj. blunt; abrupt
buccaneer
n. pirate
bucolic
adj. rustic; pastoral
buffet
n. table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out
buffet
v. slap; batter; knock about
buffoonery
n. clowning
bulwark
n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bumptious
adj. self-assertive
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder
buoyant
adj. able to float; cheerful and optimistic
bureaucracy
n. over-regulated administrative system marked by red tape
burgeon
v. grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
v. give an imitation that ridicules
burly
adj. husky; muscular
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
bustle
v. move about energetically; teem
buttress
v. support; prop up
buxom
adj. plumb; full-bosomed
cabal
n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
n. hiding place
cacophonous
adj. discordant; inharmonious
cadaver
n. corpse
cadence
n. rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
cajole
v. coax; wheedle
calamity
n. disaster; misery
calculated
adj. deliberately planned; likely
caldron
n. large kettle
caliber
n. ability; quality
calligraphy
n. beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
callous
adj. hardened; unfeeling
callow
adj. youthful; immature; inexperienced
calorific
adj. heat-producing
calumny
n. malicious misrepresentation; slander
camaraderie
n. good-fellowship
cameo
n. shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film
camouflage
v. disguise; conceal
candor
n. frankness; open honesty
canine
adj. related to dogs; dog-like
canny
adj. shrewd; thrifty
cant
n. insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
cantankerous
adj. ill humored; irritable
canter
n. slow gallop