GRE Difficult Vocabulary Words, Randomly Selected

Here is a batch of randomly-selected difficult GRE Vocabulary Words*. To see more difficult words that tend to often appear on the GRE test, refresh this page. Study, review, and try to learn as many of these words as you can so that you can attain a high score on the verbal section of the exam.

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WordPart of Speech  Definition

collier nA coal miner; a ship used for the transport of coal.
moil vTo work hard at; to drudge.
quisling nA traitor who aids invading forces.
prolixity nTedious, unnecessary wordiness; diffuse.
remonstrate vTo protest; to object.
pinnace nA small boat, usually non-motorized.
proscribe vTo prohibit; to ostracize; to outlaw.
fritter vTo waste; to reduce or to throw away; to squander.
nugatory adjWorthless; futile; trifling; unimportant.
integument nAn outer covering; a container.
logomachy nA verbal controversy; an argument about or over words.
refulgent adjEffulgent; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming.
upbraid vTo scold; to reproach. 
imprecation nAn invocation of an evil curse.
tonsure vThe act of shaving one's head, especially by persons who are entering a religious order.
purvey vTo provide food or beverages as part of one's job.
arrogate vAttribute unjustly; take without right.
anacoluthia nAn incorrect grammatical construction.
manumission nThe act of freeing from slavery.
sequacious adjProceeding smoothly; happening regularly; something that is disposed to follow.

*We determine the difficulty of a word by keeping track of how many people get it right on the vocabulary tutor section of MyGRETutor. Easy words are those words whose definition, on average, is selected by at least 80% of users. Medium words are those words whose definition is, on average, correctly selected between 50 and 80 percent of the time, and difficult words are those words whose definition is correctly selected less than 50% of the time.