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100 SAT Words Beginning with "B"

April 2, 2012

Find lists of SAT words organized by every letter of the alphabet here: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K & L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, and W, X, Y & Z.

baffle
It baffles her physician as well, and has got doctors increasingly worried.
baleful
His glance fell on Van Bleit, pallid, red-eyed, obviously suffering, observing him with the baleful look of some savage captive beast.
balk
Congressional Republicans, particularly in the House of Representatives, have balked at raising the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by significant spending cuts.
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.
ban
That’s why gambling and wagers are heavily regulated or banned outright in nearly every country.
banal
Not bare or messy — that might be interesting — just banal.
bane
Knee pain is the bane of many runners, sometimes causing them to give up altogether.
banish
He, however, was destined never to return but was proscribed and banished.
banter
Instead, they bantered, enthused, tripped over each other's words and generally offered their audience the warmest welcome imaginable.
barbaric
The law was immediately hailed as a victory by animal welfare groups over what they consider to be a barbaric and outdated practice.
barrage
They destroyed army communications, local cellphone towers and laid down a barrage of mortar fire.
barren
New homes are sprouting from farmland once irrigated by the nearby Tigris River but rendered barren by war and neglect.
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.
bathetic
Taken together, her tribulations have the makings of bathetic melodrama.
bearing
He thought her face, her whole bearing, singularly composed in view of his announcement.
beckon
Ten minutes more and the orderly opened the door, and, obedient to my beckoning finger, stepped out as the lady was ushered in.
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.
befuddle
But regulators are profiling data to help find patterns in trading activity that previously would have left regulators befuddled and scratching their heads.
beguile
This is such an entertaining, beguiling, charming and exciting picture.
behemoth
Behemoths like JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and UBS have snapped up numerous small firms to create industry giants.
beholden
Now, this obligation has offended me very much, because I am proud, and do not like to be beholden to people.
behoove
The Hamburg magistrates had offered one hundred thalers for my arrest; consequently it behooved me to be very cautious.
belie
Tang's congenial and accommodating administrative style, however, sometimes belies a harder edge.
belittle
A splendid or an affecting story may be degraded or belittled by being told in an unworthy style.
bellicose
So far from unduly fostering a bellicose spirit tending to war, these would be tactful preventives of wasteful foreign and civil broils.
belligerent
He was carrying his war tools and stood facing me for an instant in quite a belligerent attitude.
bemoan
Facing life-threatening surgery, Adam calls his therapist and bemoans all the things he’s never done.
bemused
Alternately bemused, puzzled, and intrigued, he read it over again and again.
benefactor
Even world-class universities such as Oxford and Cambridge live off "old money" from property assets and a few key benefactors.
benevolent
Invariably gentle, attentive, serious, benevolent, easily satisfied, he remained serene and peaceful.
benign
But its images cannot distinguish malignant tumors from benign growths filled with harmless breast tissue.
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.
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.
bereavement
The team also helps the patients' families, instructing them in caring techniques and providing bereavement counseling after death.
beseech
Mr. Binney pleaded and besought, but all to no avail, and left his Tutor's presence at last, a disgraced and despairing man.
besiege
The troops in the Potomac army were all lying in front of Petersburg, under fire day and night, preparing to besiege the place.
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.
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.
betrothed
Perhaps he thinks an engaged young lady should be demure and dutiful, having no eyes or ears for any one except her betrothed.
bewildered
Only the most commonplace things were said, and yet she puzzled him, bewildered him.
bias
Analytical thinking happens in the left hemisphere of the brain and is essential to making more objective, less biased decisions.
bicker
At times it felt like the candidates had already talked themselves out on the big themes and could only bicker over table scraps.
bifurcated
Like Lost, it’s story, at least at first, is bifurcated, taking place half in the magical world, half in ours.
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.
billowing
It was here that the Army cooked up chemical weapons, launched poison-packed mortar shells and sent gas clouds billowing over the fields.
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.
blanch
Officers and men stood aghast, with blanched faces, scarce knowing how to act.
bland
Many critics were less than enamored with the kind of “easy listening” Mr. Williams embodied, deriding his approach as bland and unchallenging.
blandishment
He had expected coaxings, blandishments, the pleadings and wiles with which Virginia the elder had made him so intimately acquainted.
blare
First there were trumpets; then brasses blared and drums rumbled.

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Saturday May 5th 2012, 2:15 PM
Comment by: Hemant R.
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Sunday October 7th 2012, 3:54 AM
Comment by: Lia
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.
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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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