SAT Words (B)

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babble

gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby

bacchanalian

drunken, used of riotously drunken merrymaking

bacchanal

noisy party with a lot of drinking, a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

Bacchanalia

the ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus

badger

pester; annoy continually with demands; persuade by asking again and again; Ex. The children badgered me into taking them into the cinema; N: a kind of mountain animal

badinage

teasing conversation; banter; joking talk

baffle

frustrate; perplex

bait

harass; tease; torment; Ex. badger baiting; N: food or other lure used to catch fish or trap animals

baleful

evil; malignant in intent or effect; deadly; having a malign influence; portending evil; ominous; threatening; Ex. baleful look

balk

stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate

ballast

heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with ballast

balm

something that relieves pain; oily liquid with a pleasant smell from trees

balmy

soft and mild (of air); fragrant

banal

hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; clich\'ed

bandy

discuss lightly or glibly; discuss in a frivolous manner; exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel; Ex. bandy words with

bane

posion; cause of ruin; ADJ. baneful: harmful; poisonous

bantering

joking talk; good-naturedly ridiculing; N.V. banter

barb

sharp projection from fishhook, arrow, or other object; openly cutting remark

barefaced

shameless and noticeable; blatant; bold; unconcealed; having no covering on the face; Ex. barefaced lie

baroque

highly ornate

barrage

barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion; large number of questions or statements; Ex. a barrage of criticism

barrister

counselor-at-law or lawyer in the higher court of law; CF. bar

barterer

trader; V. barter: trade; exchange good for other goods rather than money

bask

luxuriate; take pleasure in warmth

bastion

stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism

bate

let down; lessen the force of; moderate; restrain; Ex. with bated breath; CF. abate

bauble

trinket; cheap jewel; trifle

bawdy

indecent; obscene; about sex in a rude funny way; CF. bawd

beatific

giving or showing bliss; blissful

bliss

complete happiness; ADJ. blissful

beatitude

blessedness; state of great happiness

bedizen

dress with vulgar finery

bedraggle

wet thoroughly; ADJ. bedraggled: draggled

beeline

direct quick route

befuddle

confuse thoroughly

beget

father; become the father of; produce; give rise to

begrudge

envy; give or allow unwillingly; grudge; Ex. We shouldn't begrudge him his success.

beguile

deceive; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time pleasantly; charm or attract; Ex. beguiling smile

behemoth

huge creature; something of monstrous size or power

beholden

obligated; indebted; owing thanks; obliged or indebted from gratitude

behoove(behove)

be suited to; be incumbent upon; be right and necessary; Ex. It behooves one to do.

belabor

harp on; dwell on tediously; explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally; beat severely; attack physically

belated

delayed

beleaguer

besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset

belie

contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.

belittle

disparage; depreciate

bellicose

warlike

belligerent

quarrelsome

bemoan

lament; moan for; express sorrow or disapproval of

bemused

confused; lost in thought; preoccupied

benediction

blessing

benefactor

gift giver; patron; person who does good or who gives money for a good purpose

beneficent

kindly; doing good

beneficial

helpful; useful; advantageous

beneficiary

person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will

benefit

advantage; anything that brings helpl, advantage, or profit; money provided by the government to the people; fund-raising public entertainment; Ex. unemployment benefit; V: receive benefits; be beneficial to; give benefits

benevolent

generous; charitable; having a wish to do good

benign

kindly; favorable; not malignant (disease); Ex. benign tumor

benison

blessing

bent

determined; Ex. bent on advancing in the business; N: natural talent or inclination

bequeath

leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will; N. bequest

berate

scold strongly

bereavement

state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved; state of being bereaved or bereft

bereaved

deprived of (someone beloved through death)

bereft

deprived of (something valuable); lacking

berserk

mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excited

beseech

beg; plead with

beset

harass or trouble from all directions; hem in

besiege

surround with armed forces; harass (with requests); annoy continually

besmirch

soil; defile; make dirty

bestial

beastlike; brutal; inhuman; very cruel

bestow

confer

betoken

signify; indicate; be a sign of

betray

be unfaithful; reveal (unconsciously or unwillingly); Ex. Her trembling hands betray her anxiety.

betroth

become engaged to marry

bevy

large group; Ex. a bevy of starlets

bicameral

two-chambered as a legislative body

bicker

quarrel

biennial

every two years

bifurcated

divided into two branches; forked

bigotry

stubborn intolerance

bigot

one who is intolerant (in matters of religion or politics)

intolerant

not willing to accept ways of thinking different from one's own; CF. tolerant; CF. tolerate

bilious

suffering from indigestion; sick from having too much bile; irritable; easily irritated

bilk

swindle; cheat

billowing

swelling out in waves; surging

billow

large wave of water; a great swell or surge (of smoke); V: surge, swell, roll in billows

bivouac

temporary encampment; camp without tents; V.

bizarre

fantastic; violently contrasting; noticeably odd; strikingly unconventional

blanch

bleach; whiten; make white or pale

bland

soothing or mild (food); agreeable; causing no trouble or offence

blandishment

flattery

blare

loud or harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light

blasphemy

irreverence; sacrilege; cursing; bad language about God or holy things; V. blasphem; ADJ. blasphemous; CF. sacrilege

blatant

extremely (offensively) obvious; loudly offensive; Ex. blatant lie; N. blatancy

bleak

cold or cheerless; frigid; unlikely to be favorable; depressing

blighted

suffering from a disease; destroyed

blight

plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroy

blithe(blithesome)

gay; joyous

bloated

(unpleasantly) swollen or puffed as with water or air

blowhard

talkative boaster; braggart

bludgeon

club; heavy-headed weapon; V.

bluff

pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff; ADJ: rough but good-natured

blunder

error; stupid mistake

blurt

utter impulsively from nervousness or excitement

bluster

blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale

bully

one who is habitually cruel to weaker people; V.

bode

foreshadow; portend

bogus

counterfeit; not authentic; intentionally false; Ex. bogus interview

bohemian

unconventional (in an artistic way)

boisterous

violent; rough; noisy

bolster

support; reinforce

bolt

door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric; large roll of cloth; V: dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down

bombardment

attack (as with missiles or bombs); V. bombard

bombastic

pompous; using inflated language

bombast

grandiloquent, pompous speech

boon

blessing; benefit; something very helpful

boorish

rude; insensitive

boor

rude, insensitive person

bouillon

clear beef (or meat) soup

bountiful

generous; graciously generous; showing bounty

bourgeois

middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions

bovine

cowlike; placid and dull; slow-thinking; calm

bowdlerize

expurgate; CF. Thomas Bowdler

brackish

somewhat saline

braggadocio

boasting

brag

boast

braggart

boaster; bragger

brandish

wave around (a weapon); flourish

bravado

swagger; assumed air of defiance; false show of bravery

brawn

human muscle; muscular strength; sturdiness

brawny

muscular; having well-developed muscles

brazen

insolent; without shame; bold; Ex. brazen lie; V: face with bold self-assurance or with unshamed confidence

brawl

noisy quarrel

breach

breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap; opening; V.

breadth

width; extent

brevity

conciseness; shortness of duration

brindled

tawny or grayish with streaks or spots (of animals)

bristling

rising like bristles; showing irritation

bristle

short stiff hair; V: (hair or fur) stand up stiffly

brittle

hard but easily broken; difficult; unstable; Ex. brittle situation

broach

introduce as a subject; moot; open up

brocade

rich, figured(patterned) fabric

brochure

pamphlet

brooch

ornamental clasp; pin

brook

tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small stream

browbeat

bully; intimidate

browse

graze; feed on growing grass; skim or glance at casually

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