berate

  1. censure severely or angrily

    Synonyms : bawl out, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, scold, take to task, trounce
    Type Of : knock, criticise, pick apart, criticize

bequeath

  1. leave or give by will after one's death

    Synonyms : leave, will
    Antonyms : disinherit
    Type Of : gift, give, present
    Examples :
    • My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry

benignity

  1. a kind act

    Synonyms : kindness
    Type Of : action
  2. the quality of being kind and gentle

    Synonyms : benignancy, graciousness
    Type Of : good, goodness

benign

  1. pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence

    Synonyms : benignant
    Antonyms : malign
    Examples :
    • a benign smile
    • the benign sky
    • the benign influence of pure air
  2. kindness of disposition or manner

    Examples :
    • the benign ruler of millions
    • benign intentions
  3. not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)

    Antonyms : malignant

benevolent

  1. generous in assistance to the poor

    Synonyms : beneficent, eleemosynary, philanthropic
    Examples :
    • a benevolent contributor
  2. generous in providing aid to others

    Synonyms : freehearted
  3. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

    Synonyms : charitable, good-hearted, kindly, large-hearted, openhearted, sympathetic
  4. intending or showing kindness

    Examples :
    • a benevolent society

bemoan

  1. regret strongly

    Synonyms : bewail, deplore, lament
    Type Of : complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

belligerent

  1. characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

    Synonyms : aggressive
    Examples :
    • a belligerent tone
  2. engaged in war

    Synonyms : militant, war-ridden, warring
    Examples :
    • belligerent (or warring) nations
  3. someone who fights (or is fighting)

    Synonyms : battler, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    Type Of : mortal, individual, person, somebody, someone, soul

bellicose

  1. having or showing a ready disposition to fight

    Synonyms : battleful, combative
    Examples :
    • bellicose young officers

belittle

  1. cause to seem less serious; play down

    Synonyms : denigrate, derogate, minimize
    Type Of : disparage, pick at
    Examples :
    • Don't belittle his influence
  2. express a negative opinion of

    Synonyms : disparage, pick at
    Type Of : knock, pick apart, criticise, criticize
  3. lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    Synonyms : diminish
    Type Of : minify, lessen, decrease
    Examples :
    • don't belittle your colleagues

belie

  1. be in contradiction with

    Synonyms : contradict, negate
    Type Of : deviate, diverge, depart, vary
  2. represent falsely

    Synonyms : misrepresent
    Type Of : represent