awry: /ə'raɪ/ ad. Syn. distorted; crooked ; askew; amiss in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course He held his head awry, giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.
bane: /beɪn/ n. Syn. curse something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.
baton: /'bæt(ə)n/;/bə'tɒn/ n. staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race What's the textbook way to handoff the baton in the relays?
bellicose: /'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative His bellicose disposition alienated his friends.
benevolent: /bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable generous in providing aid to others; charitable Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.
biased: /'baɪəs(ɪ)d/ a. Syn. slanted; prejudiced favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced Because the judge played golf regularly with the district attorney's father, we feared he might be biased in the prosecution's favor.
bland: /blænd/ a. Syn. soothing; mild; agreeable lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable She kept her gaze level and her expression bland, but her teeth were gritted.
blemish: /'blɛmɪʃ/ v. mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind A newspaper article alleging he had taken bribes may blemish his reputation.
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[Esc] /ə'bæʃ/ v. Syn. embarrass embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert Her open admiration should not [___] him at all.
[Esc] /ə'bɛt/ v. Syn. encourage aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage She was unwilling to [___] him in the swindle he had planned.
[Esc] /æb'sti:mɪəs/ a. Syn. temperate sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate Concerned whether her vegetarian son's [___] diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.
[Esc] /ək'sɛləreɪt/ v. Syn. speed; hasten move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected Demand for Taiwanese goods likely will [___] from the second quarter, as strong Asian demand offsets the effects of a U.S. slowdown.
[Esc] /ækrɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. rancorous bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner The candidate attacked his opponent in highly [___] terms.
[Esc] /'əgrɛsɪv/ a. making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly During his tenure in Beijing, Huntsman was known as an [___] advocate for human rights and pushed to expand U.S. economic ties with China.
[Esc] /'eɪlɪəneɪt/ v. Syn. estrange; transfer; separate cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally We could not see what should again [___] us from one another, or how one brother could again oppress another.
[Esc] /æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a. unclear or doubtful in meaning His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.
[Esc] /'ænəkɪ/ n. Syn. lawlessness; disorder absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion One might say that eastern Congo is already in [___], but Congo has faded from the headlines in recent months.
[Esc] /'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding The counselor gave him an [___] test before advising him about the career he should follow.