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

collier nA coal miner; a ship used for the transport of coal.
incarnadine adjHaving a blood-like color; crimson.
obsequious adjSlavishly attentive; servile.
mantle nA loose sleeveless outer garment.
ingratiate vTo become popular with somebody.
proscribe vTo denounce as dangerous; to condemn as harmful.
voluble adjCharacterized by a constant speech; fluent.
scurf nScaly skin; dead epidermis matter that is shed.
collop nA portion or slice of meat, usually bacon or ham.
reticulated adjCovered with a netlike pattern of lines; like a net.
deliquesce vTo melt; to become liquid.
glean vTo collect in small quantities; to gather over time.
putative adjSupposed; inconclusively accepted as true.
descant nAn additional melody that is sung above the principal melody.
prolixity nTedious, unnecessary wordiness; diffuse.
aplomb nPoise; composure; assurance.
parse vTo examine closely; to separate into lots.
panoply nA magnificent array; a display; an ostentatious exhibition.
gravid adjPregnant; enlarged or burdened with something.
pall vTo become boring; to become less interesting.

*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.