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

iniquitous adjWicked; perceived to be immoral.
junket nA pleasure trip taken at public expense by an official.
venal adjWilling to be dishonest; willing to be bribed.
ullage nThe amount of liquid that is needed to completely fill a container.
trenchant adjForceful; keen; effective.
dissimulate vTo pretend; conceal by feigning; to hide.
carillon nA set of stationary bells that are enervated by the application of mechanical machinery.
enjoin vTo direct somebody to do something; to command; to legally forbid somebody to do something.
insouciance nThe state of being light-hearted; a condition on nonchalance.
proscribe vTo prohibit; to ostracize; to outlaw.
risible adjAmusing; comic; laughable.
sedulous adjDiligent; assiduous; persevering.
bedraggle vTo make dirty; to wet thoroughly.
pied adjMulti-colored; having patches of different colors.
hackney nA horse that is used for pulling a light carriage or for riding.
arenaceous adjContaining or derived from sand.
connivance nFiegned ignorance; pretense of ignorance of something wrong.
toady adjObsequious; overly flattering.
deign vTo condescend; to stoop down to; to assume accordance with one's skills and/or dignity.
teem vTo abound; to be bountiful;

*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.