A to Z Challenge: B

It's day two of the A to Z Challenge.   How is everyone holding up?  Ready to learn some new words with me?

Definition: 1. a French table game like billiards played with pins as obstacles; 2. something of little value or importance; a trifle; 3. a short and light musical composition, typically for the piano.
Sentence: Even though Marty had never played bagatelle before, he seemed to be a natural.

Definition: complete overthrow : a reversal.
Sentence: The group threatened a complete bouleversement of the government.

Definition: having or showing a ready deposition to fight.
Sentence: So far from unduly fostering a bellicose spirit tending to war, these would  be tactful preventatives of wasteful foreign and civil broils. 
                -- Carson Jay Lee

Definition: flattery intended to persuade.
Sentence: He had expected coaxings, blandishments, the pleadings and wiles with which Virginia the elder had made him so intimately acquainted.   
           -- Mrs. Baillie Reynolds

Definition: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate. 
Sentence: Being an iconic classic, however, hasn't protected "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from being banned, bowdlerized and bleeped.
          -- New York Times (Jan, 7, 2011)


  1. Great words, I particularly like Bowdlerize it rolls nicely off the tongue!

  2. I once wrote a story titled "Bellicose". I love that word!

  3. That last one is tricky to pronounce. At least I think so.

    -Chrys Fey
    Tremp’s Troops - A to Z Co-co-host
    Write with Fey

  4. Those words are huge! Consider my vocabulary expanded. :)

  5. Bagatelle is a word we use in Hungarian too :) In its second meaning.
    I am brushing up on my English now.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  6. Stopping by as part of the 2015 A to Z. Great B words! Best I've seen so far :)

    #31 on the 2015 A to Z list

  7. I'm ashamed to say I've never heard of any of these words before!

  8. So great B words.

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  9. I like all these words. I remember reading about the origins of the word 'bowdlerise' in a book about how words came to be used in English. :-)


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