May 2012 SAT Vocabulary: Beleaguered Batman Batters Bungler Bane


On Friday July 20, two exciting things happened in the Bell Curves office; first, we received our copy of the May 2012 SAT and were able to peruse it for lot of fun vocabulary words and second, we went as an office to see the the Dark Knight save Gotham City. What was especially exciting was that in both the May SAT and Dark Knight Rises, bane played a prominent role! In DNK, Bane is the archenemy of our beleaguered hero and on the May SAT bane was one of the beguiling answers maliciously offered to hoodwink unwary test-takers! As we’ve often told our students, most superhero and villain names are English words that reflect their powers or character. As you enjoy your summer movies remember that there are lots of new words to learn which will help your SAT preparation.

To help you get started here are 100 words from the May 2012 SAT that you should learn.  Words which have appeared once on the SAT are very likely to appear again.

Here’s the list, test yourself and see how many you know!

  • connoisseur
  • appropriation
  • affable
  • malicious
  • acrimonious
  • amiable
  • pragmatic
  • altruistic
  • humane
  • bungled
  • averted
  • smugness
  • cunning
  • chagrin
  • windfall
  • hindrance
  • harbinger
  • boon
  • prerequisite
  • unanimous
  • substantiated
  • conjecture
  • intricate
  • arduous
  • assuaged
  • marginalized
  • facile
  • beleaguered
  • banal
  • beguiled
  • vex
  • stymied
  • equestrian
  • abstemious
  • innocuous
  • perfunctory
  • perfunctory
  • innocuous
  • perfunctory
  • innocuous
  • perfunctory
  • bohemian
  • buoyant
  • voluble
  • cryptic
  • ebullient
  • effusive
  • inscrutable
  • guarded
  • loquacious
  • garrulous
  • succinct
  • condone
  • blunt
  • nostalgic
  • sentiment
  • wistful
  • predisposed
  • idiosyncratic
  • zealous
  • timid
  • dejected
  • boastful
  • patronizing
  • condescending
  • influx
  • abeyance
  • diminution
  • dearth
  • elixir
  • balm
  • serendipity
  • elixir
  • bane
  • fortitude
  • notorious
  • narcissist
  • pragmatist
  • misanthrope
  • adversary
  • fastidious
  • tractable
  • taciturn
  • ubiquitous
  • gregarious
  • stolid
  • skittish
  • parochial
  • auspicious
  • delude
  • antithetical
  • objectionable
  • inured
  • repentant
  • fractious
  • assertion
  • prerogative
  • conundrum
  • castigation
  • sinecure
  • enumeration
  • laconic
  • histrionic
  • extemporaneous
  • implacable
  • sardonically

 

BANE (noun): 1. A cause of great distress or annoyance. 2. Something, typically poison, that causes death.

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