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

mufti nCivilian clothes.
foppish adjExcessively vain about appearance.
adumbrate vTo give an incomplete or faint idea of; to foreshadow; to give a sketchy outline.
recondite adjAbstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret.
poltroon nA coward.
anchorite nA person who has decided to devote his or her life to secluded study.
farouche adjFierce and wild; often reserved.
auspicious adjSuccessful; favorable circumstances.
vellicate vTo tickle; to touch with the intent to arouse the senses.
votary nA regular; a stout worshiper; a person who is bound by a religious vow.
garret nA room; an attic.
retinue nA following; the attendants associated with an important person.
obeisance nA bow; a gesture of homage.
stipple vTo engrave, draw, or paint by small dots or small motions.
indite vTo write; to produce a literary work.
fulminate vTo thunder; to explode; issue a severe denunciation.
connivance nFiegned ignorance; pretense of ignorance of something wrong.
tumid adjSwollen; bombastic; pompous; exaggerated.
consternation nA surprise; a great shock; dismay.
beleaguer vTo besiege; to attack; harass; to best.

*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.