SAT Words from Word Smart II Part 3

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*Why use this one? There are many other sets like this out there but none of them contain all the information given in the Princeton Review Word Smart II. These words are used very commonly in the SAT, GRE, and other standardized tests. It seems that there are already full Word Smart sets out there, but I will begin my own because they are all lacking something. Both Word Smart and More Word Smart contains these before each word: word name, pronunciation, definition, and example sentences. Howev…

bacchanal

n. a party animal; a drunken reveler; a drunken revelry or orgy [think Bacchus, Roman god of wine; bacchanalia is a word for such a party (n.)]

baleful

adj. menacing; threatening

balk

v. to abruptly refuse (to do something); to stop short

ballyhoo

n. sensational advertising or promotion; uproar

balm

n. something that heals or soothes [adj. balmy weather is weather that's mild, pleasant, and wonderful. slang definition (adj.) is eccentric or foolish]

bandy

v. to toss back and forth; to exchange

banter

n. an exchange of good-humored or mildly teasing remarks (can also be verb: to converse with someone)

baroque

adj. extravagantly ornate; flamboyant in style (Baroque is a study of art, architecture, and music in Europe from 1600s-1700s)

barrage

n. a concentrated outpouring of artillery fire, or of anything else (can also be used as verb)

bauble

n. a gaudy trinket; a small, inexpensive ornament

bedlam

n. noisy uproar and chaos; a place characterized by noisy uproar and chaos

begrudge

v. to envy another's possession or enjoyment of something; to be reluctant to give, or to give grudgingly

behest

n. command; order

bemoan

v. to mourn about; to lament

benediction

n. a blessing; an utterance of good wishes

malediction

n. curse or slander

benighted

adj. ignorant; unenlightened

bestow

v. to present as a gift; to confer

bilious

adj. ill-tempered; cranky

bile

a greenish-yellow liquid excreted by the liver

bivouac

n. a temporary encampment, especially of soldiers(can also be used as verb, but it refers to people rather than soldiers)

blanch

v. to turn pale; to cause to turn pale

bland

adj. mild; tasteless; dull; unlively

blandishment

n. flattery

bliss

n. perfect contentment; extreme joy (adj. blissful: serenely and supremely content)

bluster

v. to roar; to be loud; to be tumultuous (can also be used as noun: roar; adjective is blustery, which is usually used with wind)

bombast

n. pompous or pretentious speech or writing (adj. bombastic)

bon vivant

n. a person who enjoys good food, good drink, and luxurious living

bona fide

adj. sincere; done in good faith; authentic; genuine

boon

n. a blessing; a benefit

brazen

adj. impudent; bold ( can also mean is made of or is similar to brass)

breach

n. a violation; a gap or break

brink

n. edge (brinkmanship is a political term describing a n effort by one country or official to gain advantage over another by appearing willing to push a dangerous situation to the brink, such as resorting to nuclear weapons)

bristle

v. to stiffen with anger; to act in a way suggestive of an animal whose hair is standing on end; to appear in some way similar to hair standing on end (n. bristle: short, stiff hairs)

bromide

n. a dull, obvious, over familiar saying; a cliché (refers to certain compounds containing bromine)

brouhaha

n. uproar; hubbub

brusque

adj. abrupt in manner; blunt

buffoon

n. a joker, especially one who is coarse or acts like an ass

bulwark

n. a wall used as an defensive fortification; anything used as the main defense against anything else

byzantine

adj. extremely intricate or complicated in structure; having to do with the Byzantine Empire

cabal

n. a group of conspirators; the acts of such a group; a clique

cache

n. a hiding place; the things hidden in a secret place

calamity

n. a disaster

callous

adj. insensitive; emotionally hardened (n. Callus a patch of thickened or rough skin)

calumny

n. slander; a maliciously false statement (v. calumniate)

canon

n. a rule or law, especially a religious one; a body of rules or laws; an official set of holy books; an authoritative list; the set of works by an author that are accepted as authentic

cant

n. insincere or hypocritical speech

canvass

v. to seek votes or opinions; to conduct a survey (not same as canvas, a rough cotton cloth that stuff like circus tents are made of; n. canvass: an act of canvassing)

capacious

adj. spacious; roomy; commodious

capital

n. the town or city that is the seat of government; money, equipment, and property owned by a business; wealth used in creating more wealth

boor

n. a rude or churlish person (adjective is boorish)

booty

n. goods taken from an enemy in war; plunder; stolen or confiscated goods

botch

v. to bungle; to ruin through poor or clumsy effort

bracing

adj. invigorating

brandish

v. to wave or display threateningly

bravado

n. a false show or ostentatious show of bravery or defiance

brawn

n. big muscles; great strength (adj. is brawny)

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