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

perspicacious adjInsightful; penetrating; astute and scholarly.
persiflage nGood-natured talk; banter.
burlesque adjReferring to mockery of a serious matter.
deliquesce vTo melt; to become liquid.
conflate vTo combine; to fuse.
scuttle vTo sink a ship; to scrap or to discard and do away with.
disaffected adjRebellious; resentful of authority or of laws.
vitiate vTo lower the quality of; to weaken; to spoil.
impugn vDispute or contradict in an insulting way; attack as false or questionable; to challenge.
trenchant adjForceful; keen; effective.
hortatory adjGiving strong encouragement; encouraging.
vaunted adjBoasted; bragged; excessively praised; overly publicized.
collier nA coal miner; a ship used for the transport of coal.
execrable adjExtremely bad; detestable; abominable.
cunctation nProcrastination or delay; tardiness.
droll adjQueer; amusing; waggish.
mettle nEndurance or courage; boldness. 
junket nA pleasure trip taken at public expense by an official.
effluvium nA noxious, foul smelling odor; a harmful invisible gas.
turpitude nWickedness; shamefulness; a depraved act.

*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.