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

salmagundi nA mixture of items.
impute vTo ascribe to; to reference or refer to a person.
vitiate vTo spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally; to make imperfect.
descant nAn additional melody that is sung above the principal melody.
animadversion nCensure; severe criticism.
degust vTo savor; to taste with appreciation.
wassail nA salutation wishing good health to a person; a revelry which includes merriment and drinking.
defray vTo pay; to assume the payment of.
retinue nA following; the attendants associated with an important person.
connivance nFiegned ignorance; pretense of ignorance of something wrong.
devolve vTo deputize; to pass duties on to somebody else.
foppish adjExcessively vain about appearance.
truncheon nA nightstick carried by police; a cudgel; a baton.
comity nCourtesy; civility.
cadge vTo beg; to acquire by begging.
purloined adjStolen; embezzled.
missive nA letter; a written statement; a written communication.
Panglossian adjOverly optimistic.
fiat nA command; an arbitrary order; a decree.
succor nAssistance; help; relief.

*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.