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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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First submittedJuly 12, 2019
Last updatedJuly 14, 2019
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1. Bucolic (adjective)
Related to the plague or other severe maladies
Rustic in a good way
Deeply religious
The bucolic landscape inspired many painters
2. Bellicose (adjective)
Extremely wise
Overly sweet
Covered with sores
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 person who commits fraud
A cause of misery or affliction
Severe tooth pain was the bane of his existence
4. Barren (adjective)
Describes dry or caustic wit
Hidden from view
Extremely boring
The land was barren and the peasants went hungry
5. Bourgeois (adjective)
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 mark with a stamp of approval
To swing a weapon back and forth
To completely destroy
To ostracize
The musketeer brandished his sword and the rapscallions fled in fear
7. Beckon (verb)
To seduce
To harrass
To completely use up
To make a gesture that someone should come to you
She beckoned to him and he approached
8. Baleful (adjective)
Filled with grief
Poorly dressed
Ominous; portending doom
The raven's baleful squawk filled the man with dread
9. Bedlam (noun)
A fragile equilibrium
Uproar and confusion
Dread and angst
A state of disrepair
There was bedlam in the streets after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup finals
10. Behemoth (noun)
An enormous creature
A windfall or inheritance
One who lives in solitude
One who attacks cherished beliefs
Legends spoke of mighty behemoth living in the mountains
11. Blithe (adjective)
Indifferent or careless
Annoyed or angry
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 flurry of activity
A flattering statement meant to persuade
A very embarrassing situation
The king was not immune to the blandishments of his court
13. Bowdlerize (verb)
To commit fraud against
To pummel
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)
An uneducated person from a rural area
A boastful, talkative person
One who lives an uncoventional, artistic lifestyle
The head of a monastery
The seedy neighborhood was home to beatniks, bohemians, and beggars.
15. Benevolent (adjective)
Altruistic and kind
Easily angered
The benevolent old man gave most of his money to charity
level 72
Jul 13, 2019
Nice answer choices - you must have had fun dreaming up plausible sounding answers!
level 82
Jul 14, 2019
My favourite is the one under blandishment that compares it to a condiment.
level 66
Jul 14, 2019
Yes! More of these please. Makes up for the endless, dreary sports quizzes. Ugh.
level 71
Jul 15, 2019
Crumbs, I got one wrong! (Baleful)
level 59
Jul 19, 2019
SAT might need further contextualization for a non-US audience.
level 68
Aug 4, 2019
And what difference would this make?
level 61
Aug 5, 2019
The SAT doesn't even have vocabulary anymore. It doesn't make a difference anyway. It's just a vocabulary quiz. You don't need any other context.
level 70
Aug 5, 2019
I LOVE the bedlam example sentence.
level 68
Aug 5, 2019
For blithe: I think you mean carefree, not careless.
level 38
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