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

bluster vTo bully; to threaten; to domineer.
fulminate vTo thunder; to explode; issue a severe denunciation.
sunder vTo separate; to part; to cleave or sever.
tenon vTo join; to fasten securely.
bolide nA large meteor; a fireball that eventually explodes.
pulchritude nBeauty; comeliness.
adduce vTo provide as evidence;
quotidian adjBanal; ordinary; conventional.
inroad nA hostile invasion; an advance that lessens the quantity of something; a raid.
sartorial adjPertaining to tailors or tailoring; pertaining to clothing.
usufruct nThe right to use something that usually belongs to somebody else; the legal right of enjoying the profits of something that belongs to somebody else.
emetic adjSomething that induces vomiting.
compunction nRemorse; uneasiness caused by guilt.
quiddity nThe essence of a thing; an odd feature; the distinctive component.
crepuscular adjPertaining to the time when day is changing into night or night into day; not bright.
involute adjComplicated; twisted; non-direct.
impecunious adjHaving little or no money; poverty- stricken.
mulct vTo defraud; to blackmail; to confiscate; to deplete.
defray vTo pay; to assume the payment of.
traduce vTo expose to slander; to speak poorly of.

*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.