SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With B

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
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Last updated: July 14, 2019
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1. Bucolic (adjective)
Related to the plague or other severe maladies
Deeply religious
Bizarre
Rustic in a good way
The bucolic landscape inspired many painters
2. Bellicose (adjective)
Extremely wise
Overly sweet
Covered with sores
Warlike
The bellicose chieftain wanted nothing more than to fight and kill his enemies
3. Bane (noun)
A cause of misery or affliction
A person who commits fraud
The place where two rivers meet
A legal document such as an arrest warrent
Severe tooth pain was the bane of his existence
4. Barren (adjective)
Infertile
Extremely boring
Describes dry or caustic wit
Hidden from view
The land was barren and the peasants went hungry
5. Bourgeois (adjective)
Weak-willed
Specializing in custom or niche products
Related to the upper middle class
Extremely stylish
The artist rejected the bourgeois values of his parents
6. Brandish (verb)
To ostracize
To completely destroy
To mark with a stamp of approval
To swing a weapon back and forth
The musketeer brandished his sword and the rapscallions fled in fear
7. Beckon (verb)
To completely use up
To harrass
To seduce
To make a gesture that someone should come to you
She beckoned to him and he approached
8. Baleful (adjective)
Pathetic
Ominous; portending doom
Poorly dressed
Filled with grief
The raven's baleful squawk filled the man with dread
9. Bedlam (noun)
Uproar and confusion
A fragile equilibrium
A state of disrepair
Dread and angst
There was bedlam in the streets after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup finals
10. Behemoth (noun)
An enormous creature
One who lives in solitude
A windfall or inheritance
One who attacks cherished beliefs
Legends spoke of mighty behemoth living in the mountains
11. Blithe (adjective)
Annoyed or angry
Indifferent or careless
Noisy and boisterous
Windy and humid
Agnes showed a blithe disregard for traffic laws
12. Blandishment (noun)
Something added to a dish to make it less spicy
A flattering statement meant to persuade
A very embarrassing situation
A flurry of activity
The king was not immune to the blandishments of his court
13. Bowdlerize (verb)
To pummel
To commit fraud against
To remove offensive parts of a text
To coat with a thin layer of metal
I have been obliged to bowdlerise the exact words he used
14. Bohemian (noun)
One who lives an uncoventional, artistic lifestyle
A boastful, talkative person
The head of a monastery
An uneducated person from a rural area
The seedy neighborhood was home to beatniks, bohemians, and beggars.
15. Benevolent (adjective)
Easily angered
Fertile
Non-toxic
Altruistic and kind
The benevolent old man gave most of his money to charity
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Level 74
Jul 13, 2019
Nice answer choices - you must have had fun dreaming up plausible sounding answers!
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Level 82
Jul 14, 2019
My favourite is the one under blandishment that compares it to a condiment.
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Level 68
Jul 14, 2019
Yes! More of these please. Makes up for the endless, dreary sports quizzes. Ugh.
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Level 74
Jul 15, 2019
Crumbs, I got one wrong! (Baleful)
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Level 73
Aug 5, 2019
I LOVE the bedlam example sentence.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2019
For blithe: I think you mean carefree, not careless.
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Level 37
Aug 5, 2019
In #14: Unconventional is missing the second "n".
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Level 60
Aug 5, 2019
I feel like after getting a 710 for reading on the SAT i should have gotten more than 7 things right on this quiz