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Glossary of GRE FLASHCARDS (B)

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bacchanalian
drunken
badinage
teasing conversation
bait
harrass; tease
baleful
threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing evil
balk
(secondary meaning) foil
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
something that relieves pain
banal
*hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
bane
curse; cause of ruin
baneful
destructive; causing ruin or death
barb
sharp projection from fishhook or other object; openly cutting remark
baroque
highly ornate
barrage
barrier layed down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion
barrister
counselor-at-law
bastion
stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
bate
let down; restrain
bauble
trinket; trifle
beatific
showing or producing joy; blissful
beatify
bless or sanctify; proclaim someone dead to be one of the blessed
beatitude
blessedness; state of bliss
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beguile
mislead or delude; ceat; pass time
behemoth
huge creature; something of a monstrous size or power
beholden
obligated; indebted
behoove
be necessary or proper for; be incumbent upon
belabor
explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
beleaguer
besiege or attack; harrass
belie
*contradict; give a false impression
bellicose
warlike; pugnacious; naturally inclined to fight
belligerent
quarrelsome
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benediction
blessing
benefactor
gift giver; patron
beneficent
*kindly; doing good
benevolent
generous; charitable
benison
blessing
bequeath
leave to someone by means of a will; hand down
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved
bereft
deprived of; lacking
beset
harrass or trouble; hem in
besiege
surround with armed forces; harrass (with requests)
betoken
signify; indicate
betroth
become engaged to marry
bevy
large group
bicameral
two-chambered, as a legislative body
biennial
every two years
bifurcated
divided into two branches; forked
bilious
suffering from a liver complaint; peevishly ill humoured
bilk
swindle; cheat
bivouac
temporary encampent
bland
soothing or mild; agreeable
blandish
cajole; coax with flattery
blandishment
flattery
blasé
bored with pleasure or dissipation
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
blithe
carefree and unconcerned (perhaps foolishly so); cheerful and gay
blowhard
talkative boaster
bluff
(secondary meaning) pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily
bode
foreshadow; portend
bohemian
unconventional (in an artistic way)
boisterous
violent; rough; noisy
bolster
*support; reinforce
bolt
(secondary meaning) dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down
bombastic
*pompous; using inflated language
boon
blessing; benefit
boorish
*rude; insensitive
bovine
cowlike; placid and dull
bourgeois
middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
bowdlerize
expurgate (clean, remove offensive parts)
braggadocio
boasting
brandish
wave around; flourish
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
bristling
rising like bristles; showing irritation
broach
introduce; open up
brocade
rich, figured fabric
brook
tolerate; endure
browbeat
bully; intimidate
browse
graze; skim or glance at casually
brunt
main impact or shock
brusque
blunt; abrupt
bucolic
rustic; pastoral
buffet
(secondary meaning; rhymes with Muffett) slap; batter; knock about
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bullion
gold and silver in the form of bars
bulwark
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
burgeon
*grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
burnish
*make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
*support; prop up
buxom
full-bosomed; plump; jolly

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