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'bændən/ n. Syn. relinquish lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm With her parents out of town, Kelly danced all night with [___].
[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] /ækə'dɛmɪk/ a. Syn. scholarly; collegiate; theoretical related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education The dean's talk about reforming the college admissions system was only an [___] discussion.
[Esc] /æk'si:d/ v. Syn. agree; assent; concede agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede The idea that one of the two chief executives should eventually [___] to the role, as has happened in the past, would raise fresh doubts about the board's independence.
[Esc] /'æfəb(ə)l/ a. easily approachable; warmly friendly Accustomed to cold, aloof supervisors, Nicholas was amazed at how [___] his new employer was.
[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] /ə'lu:d/ v. Syn. imply; refer refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion Try not to mention divorce in Jack's presence because he will think you [___] to his marital problems with Jill.
[Esc] /ə'ljʊə(r)/ v. Syn. entice; attract attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive Promises of quick profits [___] the unwary investor.
[Esc] /æpə'θɛtɪk/ a. feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent But he shares Mary's [___] and listless look: he seems to have more length of limb than vivacity of blood or vigor of brain.
[Esc] /'æpəθɪ/ n. Syn. indifference lack of caring; indifference A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the [___] of people who never bothered to vote.