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

sinecure nA well-paid position that requires little work and little -- if any -- responsibilities.
ferret vTo discover; to make visible; to force out of hiding; to search and make known by persistent attempts.
comity nCourtesy; civility.
prolixity nTedious, unnecessary wordiness; diffuse.
base adjMorally bad; characterized by a lack of human decency.
ensconce vTo settle comfortably; place in a secure place.
perspicuous adjPlainly expressed; clear; easy to understand.
cynosure nAn object of general attention; the thing that is at the center of attention.
cull vTo pick out from among many; to reject; to select.
endue vTo provide with some quality; to endow.
nugatory adjWorthless; futile; trifling; unimportant.
disaffected adjRebellious; resentful of authority or of laws.
nevus nA birthmark; a blemish.
conflagration nA great, disastrous fire.
pharisaical adjExcessively pious; hypocritical.
impudent adjRash and indiscreet.
immolate vTo kill as a sacrifice, most often by fire.
odium nContempt; intense dislike; aversion.
insouciant adjUnconcerned; without anxiety; indifferent.
macaronic adjDerived from or composed of a mixture of languages; composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words.

*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.