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SAT Words from Word Smart II Part 3

*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…
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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)