- baleful Dictionary lookup
(adj.) harmful, malign, detrimental
After she was fired, she realized it was a baleful move to point the blame at her superior.
The strange liquid could be baleful if ingested.
- banal Dictionary lookup
(adj.) trite; without freshness or originality
Attending parties became trite after a few weeks.
It was a banal suggestion to have the annual picnic in the park, since that was where it had been for the past five years.
- baneful Dictionary lookup
(adj.) deadly or causing distress, death
Not wearing a seat belt could be baneful.
- baroque Dictionary lookup
(adj.) extravagant; ornate; embellished
The baroque artwork was made up of intricate details which kept the museum-goers enthralled.
The baroque furnishings did not fit in the plain, modest home.
- bastion Dictionary lookup
(n.) a fortified place or strong defense
The strength of the bastion saved the soldiers inside of it.
- batten Dictionary lookup
(v.) to gain
The team could only batten by drafting the top player.
- bauble Dictionary lookup
(n.) a showy yet useless thing
The woman had many baubles on her bookshelf.
- beget Dictionary lookup
(v.) to bring into being
The king wished to beget a new heir.
- beholden Dictionary lookup
(adj.) indebted to
The children were beholden to their parents for the car loan.
- behoove Dictionary lookup
(v.) to be advantageous; to be necessary
It will behoove the students to buy their textbooks early.
- bellicose Dictionary lookup
(adj.) quarrelsome; warlike
The bellicose guest would not be invited back again.
- bemuse Dictionary lookup
(v.) to preoccupy in thought
The girl was bemused by her troubles.
- beneficent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) conferring benefits; kindly; doing good
He is a beneficent person, always taking in stray animals and talking to people who need someone to listen.
A beneficent donation helped the organization meet its goal.
- benevolent Dictionary lookup
(adj.) kind; generous
The professor proved a tough questioner, but a benevolent grader.
The benevolent gentleman volunteered his services.
- benign Dictionary lookup
(adj.) mild; harmless
A lamb is a benign animal, especially when compared with a lion.
- berate Dictionary lookup
(v.) scold; reprove; reproach; criticize
The child was berated by her parents for breaking the china.
- beseech Dictionary lookup
(v.) to ask earnestly
The soldiers beseeched the civilians for help.
- besmirch Dictionary lookup
(v.) to dirty or discolor
The soot from the chimney will besmirch clean curtains.
- bestial Dictionary lookup
(adj.) having the qualities of a beast; brutal
The bestial employer made his employees work in an unheated room.
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(v.) to promise or pledge in marriage
The man betrothed his daughter to the prince.
- biased Dictionary lookup
(adj.) prejudiced; influenced; not neutral
The vegetarian had a biased opinion regarding what should be ordered for dinner.
- bilateral Dictionary lookup
(adj.) pertaining to or affecting both sides or two sides; having two sides
A bilateral decision was made so that both partners reaped equal benefits from the same amount of work.
The brain is a bilateral organ, consisting of a left and right hemisphere.
- blasphemous Dictionary lookup
(adj.) irreligious; away from acceptable standards; speaking ill of using profane language
The upper-class parents thought that it was blasphemous for their son to marry a waitress.
His blasphemous outburst was heard throughout the room.
- blatant Dictionary lookup
(adj.) obvious; unmistakable; crude; vulgar
The blatant foul was reason for ejection.
The defendant was blatant in his testimony.
- blighted Dictionary lookup
(adj.) causing frustration or destruction
The blighted tornado left only one building standing in its wake.
- blithe Dictionary lookup
(adj.) happy; cheery; merry; a cheerful disposition
The wedding was a blithe celebration.
The blithe child was a pleasant surprise.
- bode Dictionary lookup
(v.) to foretell something
The storm bode that we would not reach our destination.
- bombast Dictionary lookup
(n.) pompous speech; pretentious words
After he delivered his bombast at the podium, he arrogantly left the meeting.
The presenter ended his bombast with a prediction of his future success.
- bombastic Dictionary lookup
(adj.) pompous; wordy; turgid
The bombastic woman talks a lot about herself.
- boor Dictionary lookup
(n.) a rude person
The boor was not invited to the party, but he came anyway.
- breadth Dictionary lookup
(n.) the distance from one side to another
The table cloth was too small to cover the breadth of the table.
- brevity Dictionary lookup
(n.) briefness; shortness
On Top 40 AM radio, brevity was the coin of the realm.
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(adj.) mixed with a darker color
In order to get matching paint we made a brindled mixture.
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(v.) to introduce into conversation
Broaching the touchy subject was difficult.
- brusque Dictionary lookup
(adj.) abrupt in manner or speech
His brusque answer was neither acceptable nor polite.
- bucolic Dictionary lookup
(adj.) having to do with shepherds or the country
The bucolic setting inspired the artist.
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He was bumptious in manner as he approached the podium to accept his anticipated award.
- bungler Dictionary lookup
(n.) a clumsy person
The one who broke the crystal vase was a true bungler.
- burgeon Dictionary lookup
(v.) to grow or develop quickly
The tumor appeared to burgeon more quickly than normal.
After the first punch was thrown, the dispute burgeoned into a brawl.
- burlesque Dictionary lookup
(v.; n.) to imitate in a non-serious manner; a comical imitation
His stump speeches were so hackneyed, he seemed to be burlesquing of his role as a congressman.
George Burns was considered one of the great practitioners of burlesque.
- burly Dictionary lookup
(adj.) strong; bulky; stocky
The lumberjack was a burly man.
- burnish Dictionary lookup
(v.) to polish by rubbing
The vase needed to be burnished to restore its beauty.