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

bilious adjSuffering from indigestion; irritable; easily irritated; liable to explode.
doctrinaire adjFanatical; impractical; without regard to practical considerations.
militate vTo work against or to have an influence in; to have an effect
bedraggle vTo make dirty; to wet thoroughly.
espy vTo see unexpectedly; to suddenly notice.
inroad nA hostile invasion; an advance that lessens the quantity of something; a raid.
effulgent adjBrilliant; sparkling; shining brightly.
ululate vTo howl; to wail.
obloquy nSlander or severe criticism; disgrace; abuse.
virago nA loud and domineering woman; a large or strong woman.
raiment nClothing; garments.
pulchritude nBeauty; comeliness.
celerity adjSpeed; rapidity; quickness.
rasher nA portion of bacon or ham, usually used for frying.
base adjMorally bad; characterized by a lack of human decency.
cunctation nProcrastination or delay; tardiness.
munificent adjExtremely liberal; very generous.
scurvy adjContemptible; mean.
lugubrious adjSorrowful; excessively sad; gloomy.
frieze nAn ornamental carving on a wall, often depicting humans, animals, gods, and their interaction; the front facade of a classical building.

*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.