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Glossary of Kaplan's SAT Vocab (B)

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balk
v. to stop short and refuse to go on
ballast
n. a structure that helps to stabilize or steady
beatific
adj. displaying calmness and joy; relating to a state of celestial happiness
becalm
v. to stop the progress of, to soothe
becloud
v. to make less visible; obscure or blur
bedraggled
adj. soiled, wet and limp, dilapidated
beget
v. to produce, especially as an effect or outgrowth; to bring about
behemoth
n. something of monstrous size or power; huge creature
beneficent
adj. pertaining to an act of kindness
berate
v. to scold harshly
bilious
adj. ill-tempered, sickly, ailing; peevish, irritable, cranky
blasphemous
adj. cursing, profane; extremely irreverent
blatant
adj. completely obvious and conspicuous, especially in an offensive and crass manner
blithely
adv. merrily, lightheartedly cheerful; without appropriate thought
bombastic
adj. high-sounding but meaningless; ostentatiously lofty in style
bovine
adj. relating to cows; having qualities characteristic of a cow, such as sluggishness or dullness
braggart
n. a person who brags or boasts in a loud and empty manner
broach
v. to mention or suggest for the first time
bucolic
adj. pastoral, rural
burnish
v. to polish; to make smooth and bright
bursar
n. a treasurer or keeper of funds

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