banal ADJ. /平凡，陈腐，老生常谈/hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality. The hack writer's worn-out cliches
made his comic sketch seem banal. He even resorted to the banality of having someone slip on a banana peel!
bandy V. /传话/discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words ) heatedly. While the president was happy to bandy patriotic
generalizations with anyone who would listen to him, he refused to bandy words with unfriendly reporters at the press conference.
bane N. /祸根/cause of ruin; curse. 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 with ratsbane for having such a baneful effect.
bantering ADJ. /可笑的，嘲弄的/good-natured ridiculing. They resented his bantering remarks because they thought he
was being sarcastic.
barb N. /鱼钩，钩状物/sharp projection from fishhook, etc.; openly cutting remark. If you were a politician, which would
you prefer, being caught on the barb of a fishhook or being subjected to malicious verbal barbs? Who can blame the president if he's happier fishing than back in the capitol listening to his critics' barbed remarks?
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bard N. /(吟游)诗人/poet. The ancient bard Homer sang of the fall of Troy.
baroque ADJ. /华丽的/highly ornate. Accustomed to the severe lines of contemporary buildings, the architecture
students found the flamboyance of baroque architecture amusing. They simply didn't go for baroque.
barrage N. /弹幕，火力网/barrier laid down by artillery fire. The company was forced to retreat through the barrage of
barren ADJ. /荒芜的，贫瘠的/desolate; fruitless and unproductive; lacking. Looking out at the trackless, barren desert,
Indiana Jones feared that his search for the missing expedition would prove barren.
barricade N. /屏障;障碍物/hastily put together defensive barrier; obstacle. Marius and his fellow students hurriedly
improvised a rough barricade to block police access to the students' quarter. Malcolm and his brothers barricaded themselves in their bedroom to keep their mother from seeing the hole in the bedroom floor. alsoV.
barterer N. /交易商/trader. The barterer exchanged trinkets for the natives' furs. It seemed smarter to barter than to
bask V. /享受(温暖);愉快，舒适/luxuriate; take pleasure in warmth. Basking on the beach, she relaxed so completely that
she fell asleep.
bastion N. /堡垒;工事/fortress; defense. The villagers fortified the town hall, hoping this improvised bastion could
protect them from the guerillas' raids. .
bate V. /限制;抑制/let down; restrain. Until it was time to open the presents, the children had to bate their curiosity.
bauble N. /小玩意儿/trinket; trifle. The child was delighted with the bauble she had won in the grab bag.
bawdy ADJ. /猥亵的;下流的;卖淫的/indecent; obscene. Jack took offense at Jill's bawdy remarks. What kind of young
man did she think he was?
beam N. /光束;铁梁，木梁;一束电波/ray of light; long piece of metal or wood; course of a radio signal. V. smile
radiantly. If a beam of light falls on you, it illuminates you; if a beam of iron falls on you, it eliminates you. (No one feels like beaming when crushed by an iron beam.)
beatific ADJ. /祝福;幸福的/giving bliss; blissful. The beatific smile on the child's face made us very happy.
beatitude N. /祝福/blessedness; state of bliss. Growing closer to God each day, the mystic achieved a state of
bedizen V. /俗丽，俗气/dress with vulgar finery. The witch doctors were bedizened in all their gaudiest costumes. bedraggle V. /邋遢的;湿的/wet thoroughly; stain with mud. We were so bedraggled by the severe storm that we had to change into dry clothing. bedraggled, ADJ.