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

shamble vTo walk awkwardly.
arrogate vAttribute unjustly; take without right.
voluble adjCharacterized by a constant speech; fluent.
descant nAn additional melody that is sung above the principal melody.
farrago nA mixture of items; a disorganized agglomeration of articles.
forbear vTo refrain from or to resist; to be patient.
fractious adjComplaining; bad-tempered; readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome.
endue vTo provide with some quality; to endow.
mussitate vTo move the lips in imitation of speech.
arrant adjNotorious; thorough
impudent adjRash and indiscreet.
consternation nA surprise; a great shock; dismay.
paregoric adjA soothing medicine;
tarry vTo linger; to delay; to dawdle.
caper vTo jump in a playful manner; to skip.
junket nA pleasure trip taken at public expense by an official.
gallimaufry nA confused mess; a hodgepodge.
horripilation nThe process by which hair bristles in response to cold weather or fear; often referred to as having goose flesh.
immolate vTo kill as a sacrifice, most often by fire.
tract nA religious or political propaganda pamphlet.

*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.