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

prate vTo talk idly; to jabber; to talk nonsensically; to boast.
refractory adjUnmanageable; grossly disobedient and stubborn.
vitreous adjPertaining to or resembling glass.
salmagundi nA mixture of items.
stultify vTo make or cause to appear or become stupid or foolish; to frustrate; to hinder.
callow adjYouthful; immature.
incarnadine adjHaving a blood-like color; crimson.
auspicious adjSuccessful; favorable circumstances.
farrago nA mixture of items; a disorganized agglomeration of articles.
exscind vTo cut out or to cut away.
perfidious adjTreacherous; having a faithless or disloyal disposition; tending to cheat, lie, and mislead.
ingratiate vTo become popular with somebody.
contumely nContemptuous treatment; harsh language.
germane adjPertinent; bearing upon the case at hand; appropriate; related to the subject at hand.
termagant nA violent, brawling woman.
sartorial adjPertaining to tailors or tailoring; pertaining to clothing.
poltroon nA coward.
scurf nScaly skin; dead epidermis matter that is shed.
anathema nSolemn curse; a person or something regarded as a curse; something that is polluted; excommunication.
gravid adjPregnant; enlarged or burdened with something.

*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.