This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
Beg - crave, beseech, entreat, ask, request, implore, solicit, supplicate.
Begin - originate, enter upon, commence.
Beguile - delude, mislead, amuse, deceive, impose upon.
Behavior - conduct, carriage, deportment, manner, demeanor, address.
Behold - see, look, observe, view.
Beholder - spectator, looker on, observer.
Belief - credit, faith, trust, certainty, confidence, reliance, conviction, opinion, assent.
Below - under, beneath.
Bend - lean, incline, distort, bow, subdue. Beneath - under, below. Bequeath - devise, give by will.
Beseech - solicit, crave, implore, beg, entreat, request, urge, supplicate.
Bestow - grant, confer, give, present.
Better - improve, mend, reform, ameliorate.
Blame - reprove, reproach, condemn, censure, reprehend, inculpate, upbraid.
Blameless - unblemished, faultless, innocent, guiltless, spotless, irreproachable.
Blast - desolate, destroy, wither up, split.
Blemish - flaw, spot, defect, fault, speck.
Blunt - dull, uncouth, insentient, abrupt.
Blunder - error, mistake. Boaster - braggard, braggart, braggadocio, vaunter, blusterer.
Boasting - parade, ostentation, vaunting.
Boisterous - violent, furious, impetuous.
Bold - courageous, daring, fearless, impudent, insolent, audacious.
Bondage - servitude, slavery, confinement, imprisonment.
Border - edge, verge, rim, brim, margin, brink, side.
Bore - pierce, penetrate, perforate.
Bound - define, confine, restrict, terminate, limit, circumscribe.
Bounty - liberality, benevolence, generosity, beneficence.
Brave - bold, daring, heroic, undaunted, courageous, intrepid, fearless.
Breach - gap, chasm, break, opening.
Break - destroy, batter, dissolve, rend, tame, demolish, shatter.
Breaker - surge, billow, wave, sand-bank, covered rock.
Brief - short, concise, succinct, compendious, summary, epitomized.
Bright - clear, shining, sparkling, brilliant, glistening, glittering, lucid, resplendent.
Brilliancy-brightness, radiance, splendor, luster.
Broad - far-reaching, ample, extensive, large, wide.
Broil - fight, quarrel, altercation, affray.
Bruise - break, crush, squeeze, pound, compress.
Build - erect, establish, construct, found.
Bulk - greatness, largeness, size, extent, magnitude, dimensions.
Burden - load, freight, weight, cargo.
Burning - ardent, fiery, scorching, hot.
Burst - break, rend, crack, split.
Business - trade, occupation, calling, work, avocation, profession, employment.
Bustle - disorder, hurry, tumult, confusion.
But - except, still, however, save, nevertheless, yet, notwithstanding.
Butchery - havoc, slaughter, carnage, massacre.
Buy - procure, bargain, obtain, purchase.
Cabal - coalition, league, combination, conspiracy, intrigue, plot.
Calamity - mishap, disaster, misfortune.
Calculate - count, number, compute, reckon, estimate.
Call - exclaim, cry, invite, name, summon, subpoena.
Calling - trade, occupation, profession, business, employment, avocation.
Calm - soothe, compose, tranquil-ize, pacify, appease, assuage, allay.
Cancel - erase, destroy, abolish, repeal, annul, revoke.
Candid - frank, open, artless, honest, ingenuous.
Capable - able, fitted, competent, qualified, skillful.
Capacity - capability, faculty, ability, genius, talent.
Caprice - fancy, humor, freak, whim, notion.
Capricious - notional, variable, fickle, changeable, fantastical, whimsical.
Captivate - charm, enslave, attract, enchant, enrapture, take prisoner, fascinate.
Captivity - servitude, bondage, confinement, imprisonment.
Capture - prize, seizure.
Care - anxiety, solicitude, regard, attention, management, concern, disquietude, worry.
Careful - cautious, solicitous, attentive, provident, guarded, prudent, circumspect.
Careless - heedless, thoughtless, remiss, inattentive, negligent, unconcerned.
Caress - fondle, endear, embrace, stroke, soothe.
Carnage - massacre, butchery, slaughter.
Carriage - manner, behavior, deportment, mien, demeanor, walk, bearing.
Carry - transport, convey, bear.
Cast - throw, hurl, turn, direct, fling.
Catch - snatch, seize, lay hold of, grasp, capture, grip.
Cause - origin, source, reason, inducement.
Caution - advice, warning, notice, admonition, care, solicitude, circumspection.
Cautious - careful, wary, watchful, prudent, circumspect.
Cease - leave off, desist, stop, discontinue.
Celebrated - honored, illustrious, famous, renowned.
Celebrate - praise, extol, commend, perpetuate.
Censure - rebuke, reprimand, condemnation, reproach, stricture, blame.
Certain - manifest, actual, real, sure, constant.
Chagrin - vexation, mortification, fretfulness.
Challenge - demand, defy, claim, call, accuse, object, except.
Chance - hazard, casual, fortuitous.
Change - alteration, variety, mutation, conversion, vicissitude.
Changeable - uncertain, variable, fickle, mutable, inconstant, unsteady.
Character - manner, reputation, description, letter, mark, quality.
Charity - kindness, benevolence, good-will, liberality, beneficence, generosity.
Charm - attract, bewitch, delight, enrapture, captivate, fascinate.
Chasten - correct, punish, afflict, chastise.
Chasteness - purity, continence, simplicity, chastity.
Chastise - correct, afflict, punish.
Chattels - effects, movable goods.
Cheat - fraud, deception, deceit, stratagem, imposition.
Cheer - incite, comfort, gladden, encourage, exhilarate.
Cheerfulness - mirth, gladness, liveliness, sprightliness, gayety, jollity, comfort.
Cherish - help, shelter, nurture, warm, foster.