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

demotic adjOf or for ordinary people; popular.
salutary adjTending to improve; beneficial; wholesome; promoting well-being.
refulgent adjEffulgent; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming.
mettlesome adjCourageous, high-spirited; willing to enter a dangerous situation.
arrant adjNotorious; thorough
junket nA pleasure trip taken at public expense by an official.
involute adjComplicated; twisted; non-direct.
mendacious adjLying; habitually dishonest; untruthful.
turpitude nWickedness; shamefulness; a depraved act.
obloquy nSevere censure; overly sharp criticism, usually by many people.
trumpery adjDecorative; of little value; worthless.
collop nA portion or slice of meat, usually bacon or ham.
nevus nA birthmark; a blemish.
mien nBearing; manner of acting; appearance; demeanor.
access nA sudden outburst, often emotional in nature.
sequacious adjProceeding smoothly; happening regularly; something that is disposed to follow.
platitude nA trite or banal statement; an object that is unoriginal.
inveigh vTo attack and complain verbally; to denounce; to vehemently object.
enmesh vTo catch; to entrap or to ensnare.
adventitious adjAccidental; happening by chance; not natural.

*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.