authentic: /ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy It is authentic, genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.
avarice: /'ævərɪs/ n. greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain King Midas is a perfect example of avarice, for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.
banal: /bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality The writer made his comic sketch seem banal, only a few people liked it.
banter: /'bæntə(r)/ n. good-humored, playful conversation You bring good diversity to the BombCast because your opinions are varied and present a good contrast to what can sometimes be predictable banter from the guys.
belie: /bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict contradict; give a false impression His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does belie his inner sensitivity.
belligerent: /bɪ'lɪdʒərənt/ a. Syn. quarrelsome; aggressive inclined or eager to fight; aggressive Whenever he had too much to drink, he became belligerent and tried to pick fights with strangers.
besmirch: /bɪ'smɜrtʃ/ v. soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained The scandalous remarks in the newspaper besmirch the reputations of every member of the society.
bizarre: /bɪ'zɑr(r)/ a. Syn. fantastic fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance The plot of the novel was too bizarre to be believed.
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[Esc] /ə'brɪdʒ/ v. Syn. condense; shorten condense; shorten; reduce length of written text Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace, they proceeded to [___] the novel.
[Esc] /'æbroʊgeɪt/ a. Syn. abolish abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority He intended to [___] the decree issued by his predecessor.
[Esc] /ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states Although the [___] is a small step forward, politicians around the world have their work cut out for them.
[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] /æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a. unclear or doubtful in meaning His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.
[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.
[Esc] /'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants The cactus has adapted to survive in an [___] environment.
[Esc] /ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait essential quality; reputation; honor His outstanding [___] was his kindness.
[Esc] /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 [___], giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.
[Esc] /beɪn/ n. Syn. curse something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin Lucy's little brother was the [___] of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.