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
First submittedJuly 12, 2019
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1. Bucolic (adjective)
Deeply religious
Rustic in a good way
Related to the plague or other severe maladies
The bucolic landscape inspired many painters
2. Bellicose (adjective)
Covered with sores
Extremely wise
Overly sweet
The bellicose chieftain wanted nothing more than to fight and kill his enemies
3. Bane (noun)
A legal document such as an arrest warrent
The place where two rivers meet
A cause of misery or affliction
A person who commits fraud
Severe tooth pain was the bane of his existence
4. Barren (adjective)
Extremely boring
Describes dry or caustic wit
Hidden from view
The land was barren and the peasants went hungry
5. Bourgeois (adjective)
Specializing in custom or niche products
Extremely stylish
Related to the upper middle class
The artist rejected the bourgeois values of his parents
6. Brandish (verb)
To swing a weapon back and forth
To mark with a stamp of approval
To ostracize
To completely destroy
The musketeer brandished his sword and the rapscallions fled in fear
7. Beckon (verb)
To harrass
To seduce
To completely use up
To make a gesture that someone should come to you
She beckoned to him and he approached
8. Baleful (adjective)
Poorly dressed
Ominous; portending doom
Filled with grief
The raven's baleful squawk filled the man with dread
9. Bedlam (noun)
Dread and angst
Uproar and confusion
A state of disrepair
A fragile equilibrium
There was bedlam in the streets after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup finals
10. Behemoth (noun)
One who lives in solitude
An enormous creature
One who attacks cherished beliefs
A windfall or inheritance
Legends spoke of mighty behemoth living in the mountains
11. Blithe (adjective)
Indifferent or careless
Windy and humid
Annoyed or angry
Noisy and boisterous
Agnes showed a blithe disregard for traffic laws
12. Blandishment (noun)
A flattering statement meant to persuade
A very embarrassing situation
Something added to a dish to make it less spicy
A flurry of activity
The king was not immune to the blandishments of his court
13. Bowdlerize (verb)
To coat with a thin layer of metal
To commit fraud against
To pummel
To remove offensive parts of a text
I have been obliged to bowdlerise the exact words he used
14. Bohemian (noun)
An uneducated person from a rural area
The head of a monastery
A boastful, talkative person
One who lives an uncoventional, artistic lifestyle
The seedy neighborhood was home to beatniks, bohemians, and beggars.
15. Benevolent (adjective)
Easily angered
Altruistic and kind
The benevolent old man gave most of his money to charity
Level 75
Jul 13, 2019
Nice answer choices - you must have had fun dreaming up plausible sounding answers!
Level 81
Jul 14, 2019
My favourite is the one under blandishment that compares it to a condiment.
Level 73
Jul 14, 2019
Yes! More of these please. Makes up for the endless, dreary sports quizzes. Ugh.
Level 78
Jul 15, 2019
Crumbs, I got one wrong! (Baleful)
Level 77
Aug 5, 2019
I LOVE the bedlam example sentence.
Level 76
Aug 5, 2019
For blithe: I think you mean carefree, not careless.
Level 37
Aug 5, 2019
In #14: Unconventional is missing the second "n".
Level 59
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
Level 59
Jan 21, 2022
I've done 4 or 5 of these so far. On one, I got 5 stars, on two I got 4 stars, and on one I got 3 stars. Maybe I got 5 stars on another one.

It's one thing to be able to make educated guesses on these and do pretty well on multiple choice. It's quite another to actually have them correctly incorporated into one's even semi-regular usage. I'd be far wprse with the latter than the former.