baleful – hostile; hurtful; injurious The old witch doctor gave him a baleful look which sent him running.
bastion – fort; rampart This old dwelling was used as a bastion in the civil war.
bazaar – market (place); street fair The Indian bazaar is the best place to buy authentic pottery.
bedlam – confusion; uproar; turmoil It was utter bedlam in the streets when three dangerous prisoners broke out of jail.
beguile – deceive; amuse Susie was able to beguile her mother and stay home from school.
bereft – bereaved; deprived of The bereft man lost everything and was tossed out on the streets.
bizarre – grotesque; odd The man’s behavior at times was so bizarre that he never learned to blend in with society.
boisterous – noisy; clamorous; unrestrained The crowd became so boisterous over the unfair decision that they could not be contained.
bourgeois – middle class; conservative The French bourgeois class was essentially people of the middleclass. Stella has bourgeois values because she believes in hard work, making money and self- reliance.
brigand – bandit; robber; pirate The brigand always carried his trusty parrot on his shoulder in order to be warned of danger.