Gmat&NEWS vocabulary list #15 – 52 Words

hasty

excessively quick

nasty

offensive or even (of persons) malicious

retreat

the act of withdrawing or going backward

ooze

pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings

occupant

someone who lives at a particular place for a long period

filter

device that removes something from what passes through it

eerie

suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious

diverge

move or draw apart

plainly

in a simple manner without extravagance

circumvent

surround so as to force to give up

precision

the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance

wedge

something solid that can be pushed between two things

gully

a deep ditch cut by running water

plateau

a relatively flat highland

lump

a compact mass

submerge

put under water

destitute

poor enough to need help from others

colonist

one who settles or establishes a settlement in a new region

posterity

all future generations

outward

that is going out or leaving

subterranean

being or operating under the surface of the earth

devise

arrange by systematic planning and united effort

soap

a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats

relief

the act of reducing something unpleasant

encampment

temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers

uterine

of or involving the uterus

pedestal

an architectural support or base

sedative

tending to soothe or tranquilize

mover

someone who moves

brass

an alloy of copper and zinc

rust

a red or brown oxide coating on iron or steel caused by the action of oxygen and moisture

groundwork

preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation

ideology

an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group

inflict

impose something unpleasant

entrepreneur

someone who organizes a business venture

entrench

fix firmly or securely

discretion

power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies

meritocracy

a social system in which power goes to superior intellects

dismal

causing dejection

ghoulish

suggesting the horror of death and decay

mournful

expressing sorrow

loop

anything with a round or oval shape

stroke

a single complete movement

shiver

shake, as from cold

sliver

a small, thin, sharp bit of wood, glass, or metal

slick

made smooth, as by ice, grease, or water

sleek

having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light

plead

appeal or request earnestly

bleat

the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)

throb

pulsate or pound with abnormal force

grumpy

annoyed and irritable

behold

see with attention
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