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austere
severe in manner or appearance; very self-disciplined, ascetic; without luxury or ease; sober or serious
autonomous
self-governing, independent
aver
declare or affirm with confidence
avid
enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate; excessively desirous
balk
refuse to proceed or to do something
base
morally low, mean, dishonorable; of little or no value; crude and unrefined; counterfeit
belie
contradict or misrepresent
benign
harmless; favorable; kindly, gentle, or beneficial; not cancerous
bogus
fake, fraudulent
bolster
strengthen or support
boor
rude, ill-mannered, or insensitive person; a peasant or country bumpkin
buffer
something that shields, protects, absorbs shock, or cushions
bureaucracy
government characterized by many bureaus and petty administrators or by excessive, seemingly meaningless requirements
burgeon
grow or flourish rapidly; put forth buds or shoots (of plants)
buttress
support or encourage; a support or prop, esp. projecting from and supporting the wall of a building
bygone
past, former; that which is in the past
cacophony
harsh, discordant, or meaningless mixture of sounds
candid
open, sincere, honest
canonical
authorized, recognized; pertaining to the canon, or body of accepted rules, standards or artistic works
capricious
acting on impulse, erratic