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

jejune adjDry; uninteresting; juvenile; uninformed.
dint nMeans; effort; force.
prevaricate vTo lie; to hide the truth; to stray from the right course.
phatic adjHaving a function whose sole purpose is to express or convey emotion or to fulfill a social task; lacking informational content.
demotic adjOf or for ordinary people; popular.
apotheosis nAn ideal example of something.
conflate vTo combine; to fuse.
sedulous adjDiligent; assiduous; persevering.
bolide nA large meteor; a fireball that eventually explodes.
panegyric nA eulogy; a formal praise or oration in honor of somebody else.
missive nA letter; a written statement; a written communication.
mufti nCivilian clothes.
asperity adjSharpness; severity; acerbity.
lugubrious adjSorrowful; excessively sad; gloomy.
scuttle vTo sink a ship; to scrap or to discard and do away with.
sibylline adjProphetic; oracular.
viand nAn article of food; nourishment; a delicate, dainty food article.
voluble adjCharacterized by a constant speech; fluent.
hale adjHealthy and strong; full of stamina.
enjoin vTo direct somebody to do something; to command; to legally forbid somebody to do something.

*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.