Gmat&NEWS vocabulary list #9 – 43 Words

folklore

the unwritten stories and proverbs and songs of a culture

soot

black powder formed when fuel such as wood or coal is burned

whorl

a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles

hieroglyphic

a writing system using picture symbols

falcon

a diurnal bird of prey

perceive

become aware of through the senses

observance

conformity with law, custom, or practice

ingest

take food, drink, or some other substance into the body

morbid

suggesting the horror of death and decay

somber

grave or even gloomy in character

measles

a contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots

exclamation

an abrupt excited utterance

exclaim

utter aloud, often with surprise, horror, or joy

flicker

flash intermittently

milieu

the environmental condition

turf

the territory claimed by a juvenile gang as its own

indulge

yield to; give satisfaction to

anthology

a collection of selected literary passages

understatement

something said in a restrained way for ironic contrast

racket

a sports implement used to strike a ball in various games

cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

waft

a long flag; often tapering

proctor

someone who supervises (an examination)

penalize

inflict punishment on

opinionated

obstinate in your opinions

despair

a state in which all hope is lost or absent

tuck

make a tuck or several folds in

harbor

a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

attraction

the quality of arousing interest

depot

a station for loading and unloading passengers or goods

criterion

the ideal in terms of which something can be judged

prospective

of or concerned with or related to the future

appoint

assign a duty, responsibility, or obligation to

apprise

inform somebody of something

quota

a prescribed number

counterintuitive

contrary to what common sense would suggest

commission

the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions

accord

concurrence of opinion

ponderous

having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

demise

the time when something ends

finding

something that is discovered

prize

something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery

overtake

catch up with and possibly overtake
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