Hard SAT Words - Group 2

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bacchanalian
a. drunken; relating to reveling and drunkenness
badinage
n. teasing conversation; good-humored, playful conversation
bailiff
n. legal officer to whom some degree of authority
bang
n. sudden loud noise, as of an explosion; sudden loud blow or bump; sudden burst of action
bantering
a. good-natured ridiculing; cleverly amusing in tone
barterer
n. trader; one who trades goods for other goods without involving money
bate
v. let down; restrain; lessen force or intensity of; moderate
batter
v. hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows
bead
n. small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading
beamline
n. line traveled by a particle beam in an accelerator
beatific
a. completely happy and contented; showing or producing exalted joy
beatitude
n. blessedness; state of extreme happiness
becalm
v. keep from motion, or stop progress of; make calm or still
beckon
v. signal or summon, as by nodding or waving; attract because of inviting or enticing appearance
becloud
v. make less visible; obscure or blur; darken with or as if with clouds
bedeck
v. adorn or ornament in a showy fashion
bedizen
v. ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery
bedraggle
v. wet thoroughly; stain with mud; soil or wet by dragging in dirt, mud, moist places
beforehand
ad. in advance; early; at an earlier or preceding time
befuddle
v. confuse thoroughly; becloud and confuse, as with liquor; make stupid with alcohol
behemoth
n. something enormous in size or power
beleaguer
v. besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
bellicose
a. warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
bemoan
v. regret strongly; express disapproval of
bemused
a. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
besiege
v. surround with hostile forces; crowd around; cause to feel distressed or worried
bestial
a. beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
betoken
v. signify; indicate; be a visible sign of; give evidence of
betroth
v. become engaged to marry; promise to marry
bevy
n. large group; a group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail
bewilder
v. lead into perplexity or confusion; perplex with mazes
bicameral
a. composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
biennial
a. every two years; lasting or living for two years
billowing
a. swelling out in waves; surging; stormy; affected by storms
bitumen
n. any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons
bivouac
n. temporary encampment; a site where people on holiday can pitch tent
blandishment
n. flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
blare
n. loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light
bleak
a. depressing, sombre, cold
blench
v. draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; turn pale, as if in fear
blighted
a. suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
blindside
v. to take by surprise
bludgeon
n. short heavy club, usually of wood; heavy-headed weapon
bolster
v. support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
bombardment
n. attack with missiles; continuous attack with shot and shell upon a town, fort, or other position
bombastic
a. pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
boost
v. raise or lift by pushing up from behind or below; increase; raise
booth
n. small enclosed compartment with a window, used to separate the occupant from others; small stall for the display and sale of goods
boson
n. any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics but not the Pauli exclusion principle
botnet
n. a collection of compromised computers that is slowly built up then unleashed as a DDOS attack or used to send very large quantities of spam
bounty
n. liberality in giving; something that is given liberally; goodness, kindness
bovine
a. dull, slow-moving, and stolid, like an ox; placid and dull
bowdlerize
v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly
brandish
v. move or wave, as a weapon; raise and move in various directions
brindled
a. of brownish, tawny colour, with streaks, spots, or patterns
bristling
a. rising like bristles; showing irritation
bristly
a. having or covered with protective barbs or others; very irritable
broil
v. cook by direct exposure to heat over fire; subject to great heat; be subjected to the action of heat; be greatly heated
brood
n. children in one family; young of certain animals
brush
n. short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience
buccaneer
n. pirate; robber upon the sea
bucolic
a. rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation
buffoonery
n. clowning; arts and practices of buffoon, as low jests, ridiculous pranks, vulgar tricks and postures
bumptious
a. offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder; work or act in clumsy, awkward, or blundering manner
burgeon
v. to develop or grow rapidly
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
bursar
n. treasurer or keeper of funds; purser or treasurer of college or other community
bursary
n. treasury, especially of a public institution or religious order; scholarship granted to a university student in need
buttress
v. support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
cabal
n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cacophonous
a. discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
cactus
n. any of various succulent, spiny, usually leafless plants native mostly to arid regions
cadaverous
a. like corpse; pale; Having appearance or color of dead human body
cadence
n. rhythmic rise and fall of words or sounds; beat
cajole
v. influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
caldron
n. large kettle or boiler of copper, brass, or iron
callow
a. youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers
calorific
a. capable of producing heat; causing heat; heating
canister
n. small box or case for tea, coffee, etc
cannibalize
v. remove parts of machine for use in other similar machines; consume another of one's own type or kind
canny
a. having pleasing or useful qualities; gentle; knowing; cautious; cunning; shrewd
cantankerous
a. ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
cantata
n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
canto
n. part or division of poem of some length
caper
n. crime, especially theft, or a narrative about such a crime
capitalize
v. to use something to one's benefit for advantage
capitulate
v. surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
capsize
v. to cause to overturn (usually a vessel)
captious
a. intended to confuse in an argument
captivate
v. charm; enthrall; seize by force, as an enemy in war, or anything belonging to enemy
cardiovascular
a. of, relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels
careen
v. lean to one side, as a ship under press of sail; sway from side to side
careworn
a. worn or burdened with care; showing the signs of long-term stresses
caribou
n. large reindeer native to northern North America
carnage
n. massive slaughter, as in war; massacre; corpses, especially of those killed in battle
carping
a. fault-finding; excessive complaining; of unreasonable criticism or censure
cartel
n. a combination of independent business organizations formed to regulate production, pricing, and marketing of goods by the members
cartographer
n. one who makes maps or charts
castigate
v. criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
cataclysm
n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; deluge or overflowing of water
catapult
v. increase the status of something rapidly; shoot forth or launch
cataract
n. disease of the eye causing its opacity and, unless treated, leading to blindness
catcall
n. shout of disapproval; shout or whistle expressing dislike, especially from crowd or audience
catechism
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
categorical
a. absolute; having no exception; of using category or categories
cater
v. supply what is needed or desired; provide food professionally for special occasion
caulk
v. make watertight by filling in cracks
causal
a. implying cause-and-effect relationship
cavil
v. criticise for petty or frivolous reasons; raise trivial objections
cede
v. yield or formally resign and surrender to another
censorious
a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
centigrade
a. measure of temperature, used widely in Europe
centrifugal
a. radiating; departing from the center
centripetal
a. tending toward center; moving or directed toward center or axis
centurion
n. officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division
cerebral
a. intellectual rather than emotional
cerebration
n. act of cerebrating; thinking, mental activity
ceremonious
a. marked by formality; strictly observant of or devoted to ceremony or ritual
certitude
n. state of being certain; complete assurance; confidence
chaffing
a. joking; use of light, frivolous language by way of fun or ridicule
chalice
n. goblet; bowl-shaped drinking vessel; large drinking cup, often having stem and base
chary
a. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
chasten
v. rid of excess; refine or purify; correct by punishment or reproof
cherubic
a. angelic; innocent-looking; like a baby; infantile
chicanery
n. mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry
choleric
a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
chortle
v. chuckle with delight; joyful laugh or chuckle; laugh quietly or with restraint
christening
n. a Christian ceremony involving baptizing and naming an infant
chug
v. dull explosive sound, usually short and repeated, made by or as if by a laboring engine
churlish
a. difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
circa
ad. approximately, about; commonly abbreviated ca. -- used especially before dates and numerical measures.
circumlocution
n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
circumscribe
v. limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
citadel
n. fortress; fortified place which people could go for shelter during battle
clamber
v. climb with difficulty, especially on all fours; climb by crawling
clan
n. a large group of relatives, friends, or associates; a traditional social unit, consisting of a number of families claiming a common ancestor
clangor
n. loud, resounding noise; sharp, metallic, ringing sound; resonant, clanging sound
climactic
a. relating to the highest point; ascending or leading to climax
clime
n. region; climate; particular region as defined by its weather or climate
cloying
a. distasteful because excessive; excessively sweet or sentimental
coagulate
v. cause transformation of liquid into or as if into soft, semisolid, or solid mass
coalesce
v. combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
codify
v. arrange laws, rules as a code; classify; arrange or systematize
cogency
n. power of proving or of producing belief; quality of being highly probable or convincing; force; credibility
cogent
a. reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
cogitate
v. think earnestly or studiously; meditate; ponder; think deeply
cognate
a. related by blood; having common ancestor; related or analogous in nature, character, or function
cognizance
n. knowledge or recognition; awareness; range of what one can know or understand
cohere
v. stick or hold together in a mass that resists separation