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

militate vTo work against or to have an influence in; to have an effect
proscribe vTo prohibit; to ostracize; to outlaw.
despoil vTo plunder; to rob.
stipple vTo engrave, draw, or paint by small dots or small motions.
contumely nContemptuous treatment; harsh language.
scurf nScaly skin; dead epidermis matter that is shed.
nubile adjDeveloped; suitable and physically mature for marriage or for reproduction.
minatory adjMenacing; being of a threatening nature.
mufti nCivilian clothes.
bluster vTo bully; to threaten; to domineer.
junket nA pleasure trip taken at public expense by an official.
turpitude nWickedness; shamefulness; a depraved act.
indite vTo write; to produce a literary work.
prepossessing adjAttractive; something that is engaging.
extramundane adjSituated or related to a region that is beyond the material world.
carillon nA set of stationary bells that are enervated by the application of mechanical machinery.
officious adjMeddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services; domineering; nosy.
lucubration nDiligent meditation or study, usually done at night.
parse vTo examine closely; to separate into lots.
poltroon nA coward.

*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.