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

proscribe vTo prohibit; to ostracize; to outlaw.
adduce vTo provide as evidence;
emetic adjSomething that induces vomiting.
seine nA net for catching fish; a fishing net that hangs vertically when deployed in the water.
fiat nA command; an arbitrary order; a decree.
internecine adjMutually destructive.
aplomb nPoise; composure; assurance.
obloquy nSlander or severe criticism; disgrace; abuse.
nevus nA birthmark; a blemish.
aleatory adjUncertain and unpredictable; dependent on luck.
tautology nA repetition; something that is redundant; something that is always true.
brobdingnagian adjEnormous; very large.
panegyric nA eulogy; a formal praise or oration in honor of somebody else.
exiguity adjScanty; small; a dire lack.
vituperative adjAbusive; scolding; defamatory.
anacoluthia nAn incorrect grammatical construction.
ecdysiast nA prostitute; a stripper.
cozen vTo cheat; to hoodwink; to swindle; to deceive.
farraginous adjMiscellaneous
expostulation nA protest; a remonstrance.

*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.