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Glossary of SAT Vocab B

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baleful
threatening, hurtful, ominous
balk
to stop short and refuse to proceed, prevent
banal
ordinary, unoriginal
bane
cause of harm, torment
bard
poet
barrage
any heavy attack of words or blows
beguile
the cheat or trick into doing or believing something wrong
belie
to give a false impression of, to contradict
bellicose
eager to fight or quarrel, warlike
belligerent
quarrelsome, ready to fight
benefactor
one who provides help to others
beneficiary
one who receives help from others
benevolent
kind, generous
benign
harmless, gentle, mild
berate
to scold harshly
bilk
to cheat, defraud
blandishment
flattery or coaxing to get what one wants
boisterous
unrestrained, loud, rowdy
bombastic
wordy or pompous in speech or writing
bourgeois
middle-class, conventional
brusque
quick and rude in manner or speech, curt
buffer
any person or thing that comes between opposing forces
burgeon
to flourish, expand
buttress
support for a wall, reinforcement

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