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

remonstrate vTo protest; to object.
reticulated adjCovered with a netlike pattern of lines; like a net.
sententious adjPithy; terse; short and concise; aphoristic; self-righteous; tending to be excessively moralizing.
burlesque adjReferring to mockery of a serious matter.
satori nThe state in which a person suddenly acquires enlightenment.
espy vTo see unexpectedly; to suddenly notice.
sundry adjMiscellaneous; separate; assorted.
brobdingnagian adjEnormous; very large.
importune vBeg persistently; make repeated requests for, usually in an annoying way.
quietus nA final acquittance from debt or an obligation; a rest.
prolixity nTedious, unnecessary wordiness; diffuse.
imbroglio nAn embarrassing incident; a complication that gives rise of arguing or a misunderstanding.
exscind vTo cut out or to cut away.
obeisance nA bow; a gesture of homage.
proscribe vTo denounce as dangerous; to condemn as harmful.
cynosure nAn object of general attention; the thing that is at the center of attention.
pique vTo affect with irritation; to wound the pride of; to excite curiosity.
orotund adjFull; strong; bombastic; pompous; pretentious.
adduce vTo provide as evidence;
labile adjLikely to change; unstable.

*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.