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100 SAT Words Beginning with "B"

April 2, 2012

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baffle
It baffles her physician as well, and has got doctors increasingly worried.
Time (Mar 23, 2012)
baleful
His glance fell on Van Bleit, pallid, red-eyed, obviously suffering, observing him with the baleful look of some savage captive beast.
Young, F.E. Mills
balk
Congressional Republicans, particularly in the House of Representatives, have balked at raising the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by significant spending cuts.
Reuters (Jun 19, 2011)
ballad
And in the encore there was a new ballad, “Silent Treatment,” which Ms. Bryan sang gently, backed only by Mr. Dafydd on acoustic guitar.
New York Times (Apr 1, 2012)
ban
That’s why gambling and wagers are heavily regulated or banned outright in nearly every country.
Slate (Apr 4, 2012)
banal
Not bare or messy — that might be interesting — just banal.
New York Times (Mar 8, 2011)
bane
Knee pain is the bane of many runners, sometimes causing them to give up altogether.
Seattle Times (Jun 7, 2010)
banish
He, however, was destined never to return but was proscribed and banished.
Stark, James H.
banter
Instead, they bantered, enthused, tripped over each other's words and generally offered their audience the warmest welcome imaginable.
Seattle Times (Jan 25, 2011)
barbaric
The law was immediately hailed as a victory by animal welfare groups over what they consider to be a barbaric and outdated practice.
New York Times (Jul 28, 2010)
barrage
They destroyed army communications, local cellphone towers and laid down a barrage of mortar fire.
Reuters (Feb 10, 2012)
barren
New homes are sprouting from farmland once irrigated by the nearby Tigris River but rendered barren by war and neglect.
New York Times (Mar 14, 2012)
bastion
Dinner over, melons disposed of, fort, stores, and quarters examined, arrangements were made for sleeping in the various sheds and bastions of the fort.
Gray, William Henry
bathetic
Taken together, her tribulations have the makings of bathetic melodrama.
New York Times (Jul 14, 2011)
bearing
He thought her face, her whole bearing, singularly composed in view of his announcement.
Weyman, Stanley John
beckon
Ten minutes more and the orderly opened the door, and, obedient to my beckoning finger, stepped out as the lady was ushered in.
King, Charles
bedlam
With more than 190 people killed and hundreds wounded just three days before the country’s general election, Spain was thrown into political bedlam.
Newsweek (May 5, 2011)
befuddle
But regulators are profiling data to help find patterns in trading activity that previously would have left regulators befuddled and scratching their heads.
Reuters (Apr 20, 2011)
beguile
This is such an entertaining, beguiling, charming and exciting picture.
The Guardian (Jul 14, 2011)
behemoth
Behemoths like JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and UBS have snapped up numerous small firms to create industry giants.
Reuters (Jul 19, 2010)
beholden
Now, this obligation has offended me very much, because I am proud, and do not like to be beholden to people.
Thackeray, William Makepeace
behoove
The Hamburg magistrates had offered one hundred thalers for my arrest; consequently it behooved me to be very cautious.
J?kai, M?r
belie
Tang's congenial and accommodating administrative style, however, sometimes belies a harder edge.
Reuters (Nov 26, 2011)
belittle
A splendid or an affecting story may be degraded or belittled by being told in an unworthy style.
Various
bellicose
So far from unduly fostering a bellicose spirit tending to war, these would be tactful preventives of wasteful foreign and civil broils.
Lee, Carson Jay
belligerent
He was carrying his war tools and stood facing me for an instant in quite a belligerent attitude.
O'Neil, Owen Rowe
bemoan
Facing life-threatening surgery, Adam calls his therapist and bemoans all the things he’s never done.
BusinessWeek (Sep 30, 2011)
bemused
Alternately bemused, puzzled, and intrigued, he read it over again and again.
Scientific American (Jan 30, 2012)
benefactor
Even world-class universities such as Oxford and Cambridge live off "old money" from property assets and a few key benefactors.
BusinessWeek (May 12, 2011)
benevolent
Invariably gentle, attentive, serious, benevolent, easily satisfied, he remained serene and peaceful.
Leonard, Arthur Glyn
benign
But its images cannot distinguish malignant tumors from benign growths filled with harmless breast tissue.
Scientific American (May 10, 2011)
bequeath
The widow lived for a few years, and, at her death, he bequeathed upon the daughter of his adoption all that his mother possessed.
Various
berate
At almost every move through the drill he berated them caustically, though in such faultless military language of reproof as to keep him from censure.
Hancock, H. Irving (Harrie Irving)
bereavement
The team also helps the patients' families, instructing them in caring techniques and providing bereavement counseling after death.
Washington Post (Sep 7, 2010)
beseech
Mr. Binney pleaded and besought, but all to no avail, and left his Tutor's presence at last, a disgraced and despairing man.
Marshall, Archibald
besiege
The troops in the Potomac army were all lying in front of Petersburg, under fire day and night, preparing to besiege the place.
Terrill, J. Newton
besmirch
Because the dealer, widely respected in the Zurich art world, did not want his reputation besmirched, he agreed to settle the claim out of court.
New York Times (Sep 24, 2010)
bestow
There was stillness in the room—utter stillness as at last Percivale laid his sleeping wife down, and, bending over her, bestowed a parting kiss.
Reynolds, Mrs. Baillie
betrothed
Perhaps he thinks an engaged young lady should be demure and dutiful, having no eyes or ears for any one except her betrothed.
Harland, Marion
bewildered
Only the most commonplace things were said, and yet she puzzled him, bewildered him.
Hocking, Joseph
bias
Analytical thinking happens in the left hemisphere of the brain and is essential to making more objective, less biased decisions.
Inc (Dec 9, 2011)
bicker
At times it felt like the candidates had already talked themselves out on the big themes and could only bicker over table scraps.
Slate (Feb 23, 2012)
bifurcated
Like Lost, it’s story, at least at first, is bifurcated, taking place half in the magical world, half in ours.
Time (Oct 21, 2011)
bilateral
Economic issues took up about half of the bilateral talks between the two leaders, said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Reuters (Jan 20, 2011)
billowing
It was here that the Army cooked up chemical weapons, launched poison-packed mortar shells and sent gas clouds billowing over the fields.
New York Times (Mar 17, 2012)
binge
The government surveys showed binge drinking — having more than five drinks in one day — increased among all ethnic groups and genders, but particularly among men.
Seattle Times (Dec 22, 2010)
blanch
Officers and men stood aghast, with blanched faces, scarce knowing how to act.
Le Queux, William
bland
Many critics were less than enamored with the kind of “easy listening” Mr. Williams embodied, deriding his approach as bland and unchallenging.
New York Times (Oct 9, 2011)
blandishment
He had expected coaxings, blandishments, the pleadings and wiles with which Virginia the elder had made him so intimately acquainted.
Reynolds, Mrs. Baillie
blare
First there were trumpets; then brasses blared and drums rumbled.
Broun, Heywood

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Sunday October 7th 2012, 3:54 AM
Comment by: Mai I.
The definition for bellicose and belligerent are mixed up. As far as I know belligerent means eager for war and bellicose means an aggressive or hostile disposition. All the other dictionaries I have looked at used this description. Please change this to avoid any further confusion.
Monday October 15th 2012, 8:38 AM
Comment by: Joel L.
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Saturday November 3rd 2012, 2:56 PM
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Friday March 29th 2013, 11:06 PM
Comment by: Art C.
Bee quiz results: Did not review words and scored 98%. Spelled 'blanch' with an 'e' at end and mistyped 'bureaucracy'; recognized 'bellicose' and 'behemoth' from 2012 Bee. Guessed on 'betrothed'...learned a new word!
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Sunday April 7th 2013, 9:32 PM
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Friday October 11th 2013, 6:26 PM
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Thursday January 30th, 1:23 PM
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Monday May 19th, 10:09 AM
Comment by: Darth Maul (ND)
In case you may not see it, I asked you a question on your "100 SAT Words Beginning with "A"" list. Didn't know if you'd see it there. This list is just as great! :)

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