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Glossary of SAT 1 Vocab: B (Bacchanalian- Buttress)

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bacchanalian
wild with drunkenness
badger
to annoy; to nag
badinage
playful, teasing talk
baffle
to confuse; to bewilder
bagatelle
a trifle; a thing of little value
bait
to trap or seduce (verb); a decoy (noun)
baleful
menacing; pernicious; harmful
balk
to stop short
balm
something that calms or soothes
balmy
mild and refreshing; mentally unstable (slang)
banal
common; ordinary; trite
bandy
to exchange (as words)
bane
a cause of ruin, harm, or distress
banter
good-natured teasing or joking
barb
a pointed part, as of an arrow or fishhook
barbarous
crude; uncultured
bard
a poet
bark
a sailing vessel or boat
baroque
overdecorated; showy
barrage
heavy attack
barrister
lawyer (British)
bask
to lie in or be exposed to warmth
bastion
a strong defense; a fort
bauble
a showy but useless thing; a trinket
bawdy
indecent; humorously obscene
bayou
a marshy body of water
beacon
a light used for warning or guiding
beatitude
a state of bliss
bedlam
a madhouse; a noisy uproar
befuddle
to perplex; to confuse
beget
to produce
begrudge
to resent another's success or enjoyment
beguile
to deceive; to charm
behemoth
a huge animal
beholden
indebted to; obligated to
belated
delayed; detained
beleaguer
to encircle (with an army); to annoy
belittle
to put down; to humiliate
belligerent
warlike; quarrelsome
bellow
to yell loudly
benediction
blessing
benefactor
one who helps or supports another
beneficiary
one who receives benefits or profits
benevolent
kindly; generous
benign
harmless; gentle
benignant
kindly; gentle
bequeath
to hand down; to pass on to
berate
to scold severely
bereave
to leave in a sad or lonely state; to deprive by force
berserk
frenzied; violently destructive
beseech
to beg; appeal to
beset
to attack
besiege
to overwhelm; to close in on
besmirch
to make dirty
bestial
savage; brutal
bestow
to give or present
bestride
to mount (a horse)
betrothed
engaged; pledged to marry
bevy
a large group
bewitch
to cast a spell on; to charm; to fascinate
bias
preference; prejudice
bibliophile
a book lover
bibulous
absorbent; overly fond of alcoholic beverages
bicker
to quarrel
bide
(one's time) to wait for a favorable opportunity
biennial
occurring every two years
bigot
a narrow-minded, prejudiced person
bilious
bad-tempered; cross
bilk
to cheat; to swindle
binge
a spree; a wild party
biped
a two-legged animal
bivouac
a temporary shelter
bizarre
weird; strange
blanch
to whiten; to make pale
bland
mild; tasteless; dull
blandishment
flattery
blasé
bored with life; unexcited; indifferent
blasphemy
disrespect for holy things; irreverence
blatant
annoying conspicuous; offensively noisy and loud
blazon
to display; to proclaim
bleak
unsheltered; gloomy
bleary
blurred; dimmed
blight
destruction; withering; a disease
bliss
extreme happiness
blithe
carefree; light-hearted
bludgeon
a short, heavy club
blunt
dull; abrupt in speech or manner
blurt
(out) to utter suddenly or indiscreetly
bluster
to speak noisily; to boast
bode
to indicate in advance, as an omen
bog
a swamp (noun); to sink or become stuck in (verb)
bogus
false; fake
bolster
to support; to prop up
bolt
to dash out suddenly; to discontinue support of
bombastic
using impressive but meaningless language
bon mot
a witty remark
bona fide
genuine; in good faith
bondage
slavery
boon
a favor; a benefit; a blessing
boor
a rude or impolite person
booty
stolen money or goods
boreal
northern
borne
carried; put up with
botch
to mess up; to perform clumsily
bountiful
abundant; plentiful
bounty
a reward; generosity
bourgeoisie
the middle class
bovine
pertaining to cows or cattle
bowdlerize
to censor; to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc
braggart
one who boasts
brandish
to wave or shake aggressively, as a weapon
brash
offensively bold; rude
bravado
a show of courage; false bravery
brawn
muscular strength
brazen
shameless or impudent
breach
a gap; a violation
breadth
width
brethren
brothers
brevity
briefness
brigand
a robber
brine
salt water
brisk
lively; quick
bristling
showing irritation
broach
to introduce (a subject)
brochure
a pamphlet
bronchial
pertaining to the windpipe
browbeat
to bully; to intimidate
bruit
to spread the news
brunt
a shock, force, or impact, as of a blow
brusque
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough
buccaneer
a pirate
bucolic
pertaining to the countryside; rural
buffoon
a clown or fool
bugbear
something causing fear
bulbous
swollen; shaped like a bulb
bulwark
a strong defense
bumptious
arrogant; conceited
bungle
to do things clumsily or badly
buoy
a floating object (noun); to encourage (verb)
buoyant
able to float; lighthearted and lively
bureaucracy
a system of government through departments
burgeon
to flourish; to grow rapidly
burlesque
a speech or action that treats a serious subject with ridicule
burly
husky; muscular
burnish
to polish
buttress
any prop or support

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