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

gelid adjWintry; very cold; icy.
connivance nFiegned ignorance; pretense of ignorance of something wrong.
solecism nA nonstandard or outdated grammatical construction; a grammatical mistake.
eidetic adjHaving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall of visual images.
besot vInfatuate, to obsess.
collier nA coal miner; a ship used for the transport of coal.
prevaricate vTo lie; to hide the truth; to stray from the right course.
vitiate vTo lower the quality of; to weaken; to spoil.
minacious adjThreatening.
farrago nA mixture of items; a disorganized agglomeration of articles.
integument nAn outer covering; a container.
importune vBeg persistently; make repeated requests for, usually in an annoying way.
festoon nA garland of leaves or flowers hoisted up in a loop, suspended from two points.
winnow vTo sift; to separate the chaff from grain; to separate the good parts from the bad parts.
vaunted adjBoasted; bragged; excessively praised; overly publicized.
anomie nAbsence of accepted social values or norms; a feeling of loneliness.
vellicate vTo tickle; to touch with the intent to arouse the senses.
horripilation nThe process by which hair bristles in response to cold weather or fear; often referred to as having goose flesh.
farraginous adjMiscellaneous
forbear vTo refrain from or to resist; to be patient.

*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.