bureaucracy

  1. nonelective government officials

    Synonyms : bureaucratism
    Type Of : government officials, officialdom
  2. a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials

    Type Of : authorities, government, regime
  3. any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape

    Type Of : organisation, organization

bulwark

  1. a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away

    Synonyms : breakwater, groin, groyne, jetty, mole, seawall
    Type Of : barrier
  2. an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

    Synonyms : rampart, wall
    Type Of : embankment
  3. a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)

    Type Of : barrier
  4. defend with a bulwark

    Type Of : defend

brusque

  1. marked by rude or peremptory shortness

    Synonyms : brusk, curt, short
    Examples :
    • try to cultivate a less brusque manner

broach

  1. bring up a topic for discussion

    Synonyms : initiate
    Type Of : discuss, hash out, talk over
  2. a decorative pin worn by women

    Synonyms : breastpin, brooch
    Type Of : pin

bristle

  1. rise up as in fear

    Synonyms : stand up, uprise
    Examples :
    • The dog's fur bristled
  2. be in a state of movement or action

    Synonyms : abound, burst
    Type Of : have, feature
    Examples :
    • The garden bristled with toddlers
  3. a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic

    Type Of : fiber, fibre
  4. a stiff hair

    Type Of : hair
  5. have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles

    Type Of : feature, have
  6. react in an offended or angry manner

    Type Of : react, respond
    Examples :
    • He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program

brevity

  1. the attribute of being brief or fleeting

    Synonyms : briefness, transience
    Type Of : duration, length
  2. the use of brief expressions

    Type Of : terseness

brawny

  1. (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

    Synonyms : hefty, muscular, powerful, sinewy

braggart

  1. a very boastful and talkative person

    Synonyms : blowhard, boaster, bragger, line-shooter, vaunter
    Type Of : egoist, egotist, swellhead
  2. exhibiting self-importance

    Synonyms : big, boastful, bragging, braggy, cock-a-hoop, crowing, self-aggrandising, self-aggrandizing

bourgeois

  1. conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class

    Synonyms : conservative, materialistic
    Examples :
    • a bourgeois mentality
  2. a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise

    Synonyms : businessperson
    Type Of : capitalist
  3. a member of the middle class

    Synonyms : burgher
    Type Of : common person, commoner, common man
  4. (according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class

  5. belonging to the middle class

boorish

  1. ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance

    Synonyms : loutish, neandertal, neanderthal, oafish, swinish
    Examples :
    • was boorish and insensitive