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jessica vocab

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  1. amorous
    adj. Having a propensity for falling in love.
  2. amorphous
    adj. Without determinate shape.
  3. amour
    n. A love-affair, especially one of an illicit nature.
  4. ampere
    n. The practical unit of electric-current strength.
  5. ampersand
    n. The character &; and.
  6. amphibious
    adj. Living both on land and in water.
  7. Amphitheater
    n. An edifice of elliptical shape, constructed about a central open space or arena.
  8. amplitude
    n. Largeness.
  9. amply
    adv. Sufficiently.
  10. Amputate
    v. To remove by cutting, as a limb or some portion of the body.
  11. amusement
    n. Diversion.
  12. anachronism
    n. Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time.
  13. Anagram
    n. The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.
  14. Analogous
    • adj. Corresponding (to some other) in certain respects, as in form, proportion,
    • relations.
  15. analogy
    • n. Reasoning in which from certain and known relations or resemblance others
    • are formed.
  16. Analyst
    n. One who analyzes or makes use of the analytical method.
  17. Analyze
    v. To examine minutely or critically.
  18. anarchy
    n. Absence or utter disregard of government.
  19. anathema
    n. Anything forbidden, as by social usage.
  20. Anatomy
    n. That branch of morphology which treats of the structure of organisms.
  21. Ancestry
    n. One's ancestors collectively.
  22. Anecdote
    n. A brief account of some interesting event or incident.
  23. Anemia
    n. Deficiency of blood or red corpuscles.
  24. Anemic
    adj. Affected with anemia.
  25. Anemometer
    n. An instrument for measuring the force or velocity of wind.
  26. Anesthetic
    adj. Pertaining to or producing loss of sensation.
  27. Anew
    adv. Once more.
  28. Angelic
    adj. Saintly.
  29. Anglophobia
    n. Hatred or dread of England or of what is English.
  30. Anglo-Saxon
    • n. The entire English race wherever found, as in Europe, the United States,
    • or India.
  31. Angular
    adj. Sharp-cornered.
  32. Anhydrous
    adj. Withered.
  33. Animadversion
    n. The utterance of criticism or censure.
  34. Animadvert
    v. To pass criticism or censure.
  35. Animalcule
    n. An animal of microscopic smallness.
  36. Animate
    v. To make alive.
  37. Animosity
    n. Hatred.
  38. Annalist
    n. Historian.
  39. Annals
    n. A record of events in their chronological order, year by year.
  40. Annex
    v. To add or affix at the end.
  41. Annihilate
    v. To destroy absolutely.
  42. Annotate
    v. To make explanatory or critical notes on or upon.
  43. Annual
    adj. Occurring every year.
  44. Annuity
    n. An annual allowance, payment, or income.
  45. Annunciation
    n. Proclamation.
  46. Anode
    n. The point where or path by which a voltaic current enters an electrolyte or the like.
  47. Anonymous
    adj. Of unknown authorship.
  48. Antagonism
    • n. Mutual opposition or resistance of counteracting forces, principles, or
    • persons.
  49. Antarctic
    adj. Pertaining to the south pole or the regions near it.
  50. Ante
    v. In the game of poker, to put up a stake before the cards are dealt.
  51. Antecede
    v. To precede.
  52. Antecedent
    • n. One who or that which precedes or goes before, as in time, place, rank,
    • order, or causality.
  53. Antechamber
    n. A waiting room for those who seek audience.
  54. Antedate
    v. To assign or affix a date to earlier than the actual one.
  55. Antediluvian
    adj. Of or pertaining to the times, things, events before the great flood in the days of Noah.
  56. Antemeridian
    adj. Before noon.
  57. Antemundane
    adj. Pertaining to time before the world's creation.
  58. Antenatal
    adj. Occurring or existing before birth.
  59. Anterior
    adj. Prior.
  60. Anteroom
    n. A room situated before and opening into another, usually larger.
  61. Anthology
    n. A collection of extracts from the writings of various authors.
  62. Anthracite
    n. Hard coal.
  63. Anthropology
    n. The science of man in general.
  64. Anthropomorphous
    adj. Having or resembling human form.
  65. Antic
    n. A grotesque, ludicrous, or fantastic action.
  66. Antichrist
    n. Any opponent or enemy of Christ, whether a person or a power.
  67. Anticlimax
    n. A gradual or sudden decrease in the importance or impressiveness of what is said.
  68. Anticyclone
    n. An atmospheric condition of high central pressure, with currents flowing outward.
  69. Antidote
    • n. Anything that will counteract or remove the effects of poison, disease, or the
    • like.
  70. Antilogy
    n. Inconsistency or contradiction in terms or ideas.
  71. Antipathize
    v. To show or feel a feeling of antagonism, aversion, or dislike.
  72. Antiphon
    n. A response or alteration of responses, generally musical.
  73. Antiphony
    n. An anthem or other composition sung responsively.
  74. Antipodes
    n. A place or region on the opposite side of the earth.
  75. Antiquary
    n. One who collects and examines old things, as coins, books, medals, weapons, etc.
  76. antiquate
    v. To make old or out of date.
  77. Antique
    adj. Pertaining to ancient times.
  78. Antiseptic
    n. Anything that destroys or restrains the growth of putrefactive microorganisms.
  79. Antislavery
    adj. Opposed to human slavery.
  80. Antispasmodic
    adj. Tending to prevent or relieve non-inflammatory spasmodic affections.
  81. Antistrophe
    • n. The inversion of terms in successive classes, as in “the home of joy” and
    • “the joy of home”.
  82. Antitoxin
    n. A substance which neutralizes the poisonous products of micro-organisms.
  83. Antonym
    n. A word directly opposed to another in meaning.
  84. Anxious
    adj. Distressed in mind respecting some uncertain matter.
  85. Apathy
    n. Insensibility to emotion or passionate feeling.
  86. Aperture
    n. Hole.
  87. Apex
    n. The highest point, as of a mountain.
  88. Aphorism
    n. Proverb.
  89. Apiary
    n. A place where bees are kept.
  90. Apogee
    n. The climax.
  91. Apology
    n. A disclaimer of intentional error or offense.
  92. Apostasy
    n. A total departure from one's faith or religion.
  93. Apostate
    adj. False.
  94. Apostle
    n. Any messenger commissioned by or as by divine authority.
  95. Apothecary
    n. One who keeps drugs for sale and puts up prescriptions.
  96. Apotheosis
    n. Deification.
  97. appall
    v. To fill with dismay or horror.
  98. Apparent
    adj. Easily understood.
  99. Apparition
    n. Ghost.
  100. Appease
    v. To soothe by quieting anger or indignation.
  101. Appellate
    adj. Capable of being appealed to.
  102. Appellation
    n. The name or title by which a particular person, class, or thing is called.
  103. Append
    v. To add or attach, as something accessory, subordinate, or supplementary.
  104. Appertain
    v. To belong, as by right, fitness, association, classification, possession, or natural relation.
  105. Apposite
    adj. Appropriate.
  106. Apposition
    n. The act of placing side by side, together, or in contact.
  107. Appraise
    v. To estimate the money value of.
  108. Appreciable
    adj. Capable of being discerned by the senses or intellect.
  109. Apprehend
    v. To make a prisoner of (a person) in the name of the law.
  110. Apprehensible
    adj. Capable of being conceived.
  111. Approbation
    n. Sanction.
  112. Appropriate
    adj. Suitable for the purpose and circumstances.
  113. Aqueduct
    n. A water-conduit, particularly one for supplying a community from a distance.
  114. Aqueous
    adj. Of, pertaining to, or containing water.
  115. Arbiter
    n. One chosen or appointed, by mutual consent of parties in dispute, to decide matters.
  116. Arbitrary
    adj. Fixed or done capriciously.
  117. Arbitrate
    v. To act or give judgment as umpire.
  118. Arbor
    n. A tree.
  119. Arboreal
    adj. Of or pertaining to a tree or trees.
  120. Arborescent
    adj. Having the nature of a tree.
  121. Arboretum
    n. A botanical garden or place devoted to the cultivation of trees or shrubs.
  122. Arboriculture
    n. The cultivation of trees or shrubs.
  123. Arcade
    n. A vaulted passageway or street; a roofed passageway having shops, etc., opening from it.
  124. Archaic
    adj. Antiquated
  125. archaism
    n. Obsolescence.
  126. Archangel
    n. An angel of high rank.
  127. Archbishop
    n. The chief of the bishops of an ecclesiastical province in the Greek, Roman, and Anglican church.
  128. Archdeacon
    n. A high official administrator of the affairs of a diocese.
  129. Archaeology
    n. The branch of anthropology concerned with the systematic investigation of the relics of man.
  130. Archetype
    n. A prototype.
  131. Archipelago
    • n. Any large body of water studded with islands, or the islands collectively
    • themselves.
  132. Ardent
    adj. Burning with passion.
  133. Ardor
    n. Intensity of passion or affection.
  134. Arid
    adj. Very dry.
  135. Aristocracy
    n. A hereditary nobility
  136. aristocrat
    n. A hereditary noble or one nearly connected with nobility.
  137. Armada
    n. A fleet of war-vessels.
  138. Armful
    n. As much as can be held in the arm or arms.
  139. Armory
    n. An arsenal.
  140. Aroma
    n. An agreeable odor.
  141. Arraign
    v. To call into court, as a person indicted for crime, and demand whether he pleads guilty or not.
  142. Arrange
    v. To put in definite or proper order.
  143. Arrangement
    n. The act of putting in proper order, or the state of being put in order.
  144. Arrant
    adj. Notoriously bad.
  145. Arrear
    n. Something overdue and unpaid.
  146. Arrival
    n. A coming to stopping-place or destination.
  147. Arrogant
    adj. Unduly or excessively proud, as of wealth, station, learning, etc.
  148. arrogate
    v. To take, demand, or claim, especially presumptuously or without reasons or grounds.
  149. Artesian well
    n. A very deep bored well. water rises due to underground pressure
  150. artful
    adj. Characterized by craft or cunning.
  151. Arthurian
    adj. Pertaining to King Arthur, the real or legendary hero of British poetic story.
  152. Artifice
    n. Trickery.
  153. Artless
    adj. Ingenuous.
  154. Ascendant
    adj. Dominant.
  155. Ascension
    n. The act of rising.
  156. Ascent
    n. A rising, soaring, or climbing.
  157. Ascetic
    adj. Given to severe self-denial and practicing excessive abstinence and devotion.
  158. Ascribe
    v. To assign as a quality or attribute.
  159. Asexual
    adj. Having no distinct sexual organs.
  160. Ashen
    adj. Pale.
  161. Askance
    adv. With a side or indirect glance or meaning.
  162. Asperity
    n. Harshness or roughness of temper.
  163. Aspirant
    n. One who seeks earnestly, as for advancement, honors, place.
  164. Aspiration
    n. An earnest wish for that which is above one's present reach.
  165. Aspire
    v. To have an earnest desire, wish, or longing, as for something high and good, not yet attained.
  166. Assailant
    n. One who attacks.
  167. Assassin
    n. One who kills, or tries to kill, treacherously or secretly.
  168. Assassinate
    v. To kill, as by surprise or secret assault, especially the killing of some eminent person.
  169. Assassination
    n. Murderer, as by secret assault or treachery.
  170. Assay
    n. The chemical analysis or testing of an alloy ore.
  171. Assent
    v. To express agreement with a statement or matter of opinion.
  172. Assess
    v. To determine the amount of (a tax or other sum to be paid).
  173. Assessor
    n. An officer whose duty it is to assess taxes.
  174. Assets
    n. pl. Property in general, regarded as applicable to the payment of debts.
  175. Assiduous
    adj. Diligent.
  176. Assignee
    • n. One who is appointed to act for another in the management of certain property
    • and interests.
  177. Assimilate
    v. To adapt.
  178. Assonance
    n. Resemblance or correspondence in sound.
  179. Assonant
    adj. Having resemblance of sound.
  180. Assonate
    v. To accord in sound, especially vowel sound.
  181. Assuage
    v. To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease.
  182. Astringent
    adj. Harsh in disposition or character.
  183. Astute
    adj. Keen in discernment.
  184. Atheism
    n. The denial of the existence of God.
  185. Athirst
    adj. Wanting water.
  186. Athwart
    adv. From side to side.
  187. Atomizer
    n. An apparatus for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, as for disinfection, inhalation, etc.
  188. atone
    v. To make amends for.
  189. Atonement
    n. Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury.
  190. Atrocious
    adj. Outrageously or wantonly wicked, criminal, vile, or cruel.
  191. Atrocity
    n. Great cruelty or reckless wickedness.
  192. Attaché
    n. A subordinate member of a diplomatic embassy.
  193. Attest
    v. To certify as accurate, genuine, or true.
  194. attorney-general
    n. The chief law-officer of a government.
  195. Auburn
    adj. Reddish-brown, said usually of the hair.
  196. Audacious
    adj. Fearless.
  197. Audible
    adj. Loud enough to be heard.
  198. Audition
    n. The act or sensation of hearing.
  199. Auditory
    adj. Of or pertaining to hearing or the organs or sense of hearing.
  200. Augment
    v. To make bigger.
  201. Augur
    v. To predict.
  202. Augustinian
    • adj. Pertaining to St. Augustine, his doctrines, or the religious orders called
    • after him.
  203. Aura
    n. Pervasive psychic influence supposed to emanate from persons
  204. aural
    adj. Of or pertaining to the ear.
  205. Auricle
    n. One of the two chambers of the heart which receives the blood from the veins.
  206. Auricular
    adj. Of or pertaining to the ear, its auricle, or the sense of hearing.
  207. Auriferous
    adj. Containing gold.
  208. aurora
    n. A luminous phenomenon in the upper regions of the atmosphere.
  209. Auspice
    n. favoring, protecting, or propitious influence or guidance.
  210. austere
    adj. Severely simple; unadorned.
  211. Autarchy
    n. Unrestricted power.
  212. authentic
    adj. Of undisputed origin.
  213. authenticity
    • n. The state or quality of being genuine, or of the origin and authorship
    • claimed.
  214. autobiography
    n. The story of one's life written by himself.
  215. autocracy
    n. Absolute government.
  216. Autocrat
    n. Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence.
  217. Automaton
    • n. Any living being whose actions are or appear to be involuntary or
    • mechanical.
  218. Autonomous
    adj. Self-governing.
  219. Autonomy
    n. Self-government.
  220. autopsy
    n. The examination of a dead body by dissection to ascertain the cause of death.
  221. autumnal
    adj. Of or pertaining to autumn.
  222. auxiliary
    • n. One who or that which aids or helps, especially when regarded as subsidiary
    • or accessory.
  223. avalanche
    • n. The fall or sliding of a mass of snow or ice down a mountain-slope, often
    • bearing with it rock.
    • avarice
    • n. Passion for getting and keeping riches.
  224. Aver
    v. To assert as a fact.
  225. Averse
    adj. Reluctant.
  226. Aversion
    n. A mental condition of fixed opposition to or dislike of some particular thing.
  227. Avert
    v. To turn away or aside.
  228. aviary
    n. A spacious cage or enclosure in which live birds are kept.
  229. avidity
    n. Greediness.
  230. Avocation
    n. Diversion.
  231. avow
    v. To declare openly.
  232. awaken
    v. To arouse, as emotion, interest, or the like.
  233. Awry
    adv. & adj. Out of the proper form, direction, or position.
  234. aye
    adv. An expression of assent.
  235. azalea
    n. A flowering shrub.
  236. azure
    n. The color of the sky.
  237. Baconian
    adj. Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon or his system of philosophy.
  238. Bacterium
    n. A microbe.
  239. Badger
    v. To pester.
  240. Baffle
    v. To foil or frustrate.
  241. bailiff
    n. An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment.
  242. Baize
    n. A single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc.
  243. bale
    n. A large package prepared for transportation or storage.
  244. Baleful
    adj. Malignant.
  245. ballad
    n. Any popular narrative poem, often with epic subject and usually in lyric form.
  246. balsam n. A medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing.
  247. banal
    adj. Commonplace.
  248. Barcarole
    n. A boat-song of Venetian gondoliers.
  249. Barograph
    • n. An instrument that registers graphically and continuously the atmospheric
    • pressure.
  250. Barometer
    n. An instrument for indicating the atmospheric pressure per unit of surface.
  251. barring
    prep. Apart from.
  252. baritone
    adj. Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor.
  253. Bask
    v. To make warm by genial heat.
  254. bass
    adj. Low in tone or compass.
  255. Baste
    v. To cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking.
  256. Baton
    n. An official staff borne either as a weapon or as an emblem of authority or privilege.
  257. Battalion
    n. A body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming a part of a regiment.
  258. Batten
    n. A narrow strip of wood.
  259. batter
    n. A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery.
  260. Bauble
    n. A trinket.
  261. Bawl
    v. To proclaim by outcry.
  262. Beatify
    v. To make supremely happy.
  263. beatitude
    n. Any state of great happiness.
  264. beau
    n. An escort or lover.
  265. becalm
    v. To make quiet.
  266. beck
    v. To give a signal to, by nod or gesture.
  267. bedaub
    v. To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.
  268. Bedeck
    v. To cover with ornament.
  269. Bedlam
    n. Madhouse.
  270. befog
    v. To confuse.
  271. Befriend
    v. To be a friend to, especially when in need.
  272. Beget
    v. To produce by sexual generation.
  273. begrudge
    v. To envy one of the possession of.
  274. Belate
    v. To delay past the proper hour.
  275. belay
    v. To make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat.
  276. Belie
    v. To misrepresent.
  277. believe
    v. To accept as true on the testimony or authority of others.
  278. belittle
    v. To disparage.
  279. Belle
    n. A woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc.
  280. bellicose
    adj. Warlike.
  281. Belligerent
    adj. Manifesting a warlike spirit.
  282. bemoan
    v. To lament
  283. benediction
    n. a solemn invocation of the divine blessing.
  284. Benefactor
    n. A doer of kindly and charitable acts.
  285. benefice
    n. A church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service.
  286. beneficent
    adj. Characterized by charity and kindness.
  287. beneficial
    adj. Helpful.
  288. Beneficiary
    n. One who is lawfully entitled to the profits and proceeds of an estate or property.
  289. Benefit
    n. Helpful result.
  290. Benevolence
    n. Any act of kindness or well-doing.
  291. Benevolent
    adj. Loving others and actively desirous of their well-being.
  292. benign
    adj. Good and kind of heart.
  293. Benignant
    adj. Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.
  294. Benignity
    n. Kindness of feeling, disposition, or manner.
  295. benison
    n. Blessing.
  296. bequeath
    v. To give by will.
  297. bereave
    v. To make desolate with loneliness and grief.
  298. Berth
    n. A bunk or bed in a vessel, sleeping-car, etc.
  299. beseech
    v. To implore.
  300. Beset
    v. To attack on all sides.
  301. Besmear
    v. To smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance.
  302. bestial
    adj. Animal.
  303. Bestrew
    v. To sprinkle or cover with things strewn.
  304. Bestride
    v. To get or sit upon astride, as a horse.
  305. bethink
    v. To remind oneself.
  306. betide
    v. To happen to or befall.
  307. Betimes
    adv. In good season or time.
  308. betroth
    v. To engage to marry.
  309. Betrothal
    n. Engagement to marry.
  310. bevel
    n. Any inclination of two surfaces other than 90 degrees.
  311. Bewilder
    v. To confuse the perceptions or judgment of.
  312. Bibliomania
    n. The passion for collecting books.
  313. Bibliography
    n. A list of the words of an author, or the literature bearing on a particular subject.
  314. Bibliophile
    n. One who loves books.
  315. Bibulous
    adj. Fond of drinking.
  316. bide v. To await.
  317. Biennial
    n. A plant that produces leaves and roots the first year and flowers and fruit the second.
  318. bier
    n. A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave.
  319. bigamist
    n. One who has two spouses at the same time.
  320. bigamy
    n. The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living.
  321. bight
    n. A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line.
  322. bilateral
    adj. Two-sided.
  323. Bilingual
    adj. Speaking two languages.
  324. Biograph
    n. A bibliographical sketch or notice.
  325. Biography
    n. A written account of one's life, actions, and character.
  326. Biology
    n. The science of life or living organisms.
  327. Biped
    n. An animal having two feet.
  328. Birthright
    n. A privilege or possession into which one is born.
  329. bitterness
    n. Acridity, as to the taste.
  330. blasé
    adj. Sated with pleasure.
  331. blaspheme
    v. To indulge in profane oaths.
  332. Blatant
    adj. Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous.
  333. Blaze
    n. A vivid glowing flame.
  334. Blazon
    v. To make widely or generally known.
  335. bleak
    adj. Desolate.
  336. blemish
    n. A mark that mars beauty.
  337. blithe
    adj. Joyous.
  338. Blithesome
    adj. Cheerful.
  339. Blockade
    n. The shutting up of a town, a frontier, or a line of coast by hostile forces.
  340. Boatswain
    • n. A subordinate officer of a vessel, who has general charge of the rigging,
    • anchors, etc.
  341. bodice
    n. A women's ornamental corset-shaped laced waist.
  342. bodily
    adj. Corporeal.
  343. boisterous
    adj. Unchecked merriment or animal spirits.
  344. Bole
    n. The trunk or body of a tree.
  345. bolero
    n. A Spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompanied by caste nets and singing.
  346. Boll
    n. A round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton.
  347. Bolster
    v. To support, as something wrong.
  348. Bomb
    n. A hollow projectile containing an explosive material.
  349. bombard
    v. To assail with any missile or with abusive speech.
  350. Bombardier
    n. A person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells.
  351. bombast
    n. Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects.
  352. Boorish
    adj. Rude.
  353. Bore
    v. To weary by tediousness or dullness.
  354. Borough
    n. An incorporated village or town.
  355. Bosom
    n. The breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman.
  356. botanical
    adj. Connected with the study or cultivation of plants.
  357. botanize v. To study plant-life.
  358. botany
    n. The science that treats of plants.
  359. Bountiful
    adj. Showing abundance.
  360. Bowdlerize
    v. To expurgate in editing (a literary composition) by omitting words or passages.
  361. Bowler
    n. In cricket, the player who delivers the ball.
  362. boycott
    v. To place the products or merchandise of under a ban.
  363. Brae
    n. Hillside.
  364. Braggart
    n. A vain boaster.
  365. Brandish
    v. To wave, shake, or flourish triumphantly or defiantly, as a sword or spear.
  366. bravado
    n. An aggressive display of boldness.
  367. Bravo
    interj. Well done.
  368. Bray
    n. A loud harsh sound, as the cry of an ass or the blast of a horn.
  369. Braze
    v. To make of or ornament with brass.
  370. Brazier
    n. An open pan or basin for holding live coals.
  371. Breach
    n. The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation.
  372. Breaker
    n. One who trains horses, dogs, etc.
  373. breech
    n. The buttocks.
  374. Brethren
    n. pl. Members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like.
  375. Brevity
    n. Shortness of duration.
  376. bric-a-brac
    n. Objects of curiosity or for decoration.
  377. Bridle
    • n. The head-harness of a horse consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and the reins.
    • brigade
    • n. A body of troops consisting of two or more regiments.
  378. Brigadie
    r n. General officer who commands a brigade, ranking between a colonel and a major-general.
  379. Brigand
    n. One who lives by robbery and plunder.
  380. Brimstone
    n. Sulfur.
  381. Brine
    n. Water saturated with salt.
  382. Bristle
    n. One of the coarse, stiff hairs of swine: used in brush-making, etc.
  383. Britannia
    n. The United Kingdom of Great Britain.
  384. Briticism
    n. A word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of Great Britain or the British.
  385. brittle
    adj. Fragile.
  386. Broach
    v. To mention, for the first time.