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.

However, as with all GRE vocabulary lists, memorizing words is not the best way to acquire and retain new vocabulary words. Instead, you should read critically, extensively, and often. And, use MyGRETutor's vocab tutor to keep track of the words that you have mastered, and to brush up on those words that you might have mastered in the past but might have slightly forgotten.

WordPart of Speech  Definition

ullage nThe amount of liquid that is needed to completely fill a container.
demotic adjOf or for ordinary people; popular.
raiment nClothing; garments.
junket nA pleasure trip taken at public expense by an official.
voluble adjCharacterized by a constant speech; fluent.
ensconce vTo settle comfortably; place in a secure place.
froward adjIntractable; disposed to not following orders.
saxicolous adjLiving among rocks; growing among rocks or boulders.
sibylline adjProphetic; oracular.
refulgent adjEffulgent; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming.
venal adjWilling to be dishonest; willing to be bribed.
limn vTo depict verbally or through the use of pictures.
eschatological adjPertaining to end-matters; referring to the final state.
militate vTo work against or to have an influence in; to have an effect
viand nAn article of food; nourishment; a delicate, dainty food article.
foist vTo impose upon another by coercion; to palm off; to insert improperly.
specious adjSeemingly reasonable but actually incorrect; intentionally misleading.
subterfuge nA pretense; a false show that is meant to evade or to evade something.
bandy vTo discuss lightly or glibly; to pass back and forth; to circulate.
cunctation nProcrastination or delay; tardiness.

*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.