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

supplicate vTo make a humble petition to; to pray humbly. 
raillery nBanter; a good-humored debate.
beleaguer vTo besiege; to attack; harass; to best.
animadversion nCensure; severe criticism.
redoubtable adjArousing respect; evoking fear or reverence.
scuttle vTo sink a ship; to scrap or to discard and do away with.
ribald adjCharacterized as vulgar; wanton; profane; bawdy.
denouement nAn outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot; the final resolution.
effete adjNot capable of producing young or offspring.
votary nA regular; a stout worshiper; a person who is bound by a religious vow.
dishabille nA casual manner; the condition of being poorly dressed.
cynosure nAn object of general attention; the thing that is at the center of attention.
martinet nSomebody who is overly strict; a ruthless ruler; a dictator; an ultimate autocrat who demands that rules be followed exactly.
trenchant adjForceful; keen; effective.
sublimate vTo refine; to make pure; to rarefy.
venal adjWilling to be dishonest; willing to be bribed.
tittup nA lively movement; a prance.
voluble adjCharacterized by a constant speech; fluent.
obstreperous adjUnruly and loud; boisterous; uncontrollable.
involute adjComplicated; twisted; non-direct.

*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.