B banal Too often used in the past and therefore not interesting He just sat there making banal remarks all evening. belie To represent something falsely or to hide something: His gruff manner belied a gentle personality. bellicose Wishing to fight or start a war The general made some bellicose statements about his country's military strength. benign Pleasant and kind a benign old lady blase Bored or not excited, or wishing to seem so He flies first class so often, he's become blase about it. blithe Satisfied and without worry I am upset by the author’s blithe indifference toward facts. bludgeon To hit someone hard and repeatedly with a heavy weapon The two boys had been mercilessly bludgeoned to death. bolster To support something, or make something stronger The UN is sending more troops to bolster the peacekeepers. bucolic Relating to the countryside The painting shows a typically bucolic scene with peasants. buffet A meal where people serve themselves food that is arranged on a table Will it be a buffet or a sit-down meal? burgeon To develop or grow quickly Love burgeoned between them.