GRE Easy Vocabulary Words, Randomly Selected

Here is a batch of randomly-selected easy GRE Vocabulary Words*. To see another list of easy words, refresh this page. Use these words to help you prepare for the verbal section of the GRE. You'll want to make sure that you know the majority of the easy words that most often appear on the GRE, because you'll have to get the easy questions right so that you can be given harder questions, and so that you can score high on the verbal section of the exam. Your success on the analogy and antonym questions is most dependent on the size of your vocabulary -- the more words that you know, the higher your score.

However, as with all GRE vocabulary lists, memorizing words is not the best way to learn new words; to do that, you should read extensively. And, use MyGRETutor's vocabulary tutor to keep track of the words that you have mastered, and to brush up on those words that you have not.

WordPart of Speech  Definition

sarcasm nA cunning ironic remark; mockery and ridicule.
formality nA particular habit that is done out of ceremony or long-held beliefs or customs; an impracticality.
vantage nA position of advantage.
courtly adjPolite; exhibiting the characteristics and mannerisms of a courteous knight or loyal subject.
ordain vTo decree or command; to grant holy orders; to install as a minister or priest.
rhetoric nThe art of effective communication; effective persuasion; language which aims to persuade or to convince.
omnipresent adjOverly noticeable; present everywhere at the same instance.
cacophonous adjHarsh-sounding; without harmony or rhyme.
shipment nA package or load of goods sent by sea, road, air, etc.
combustible adjAble to be burned; easily set on fire.
insurmountable adjSomething that cannot be beaten; overwhelming; unstoppable.
philanthropist nA lover of mankind. A person who does good deeds for the benefit of all mankind.
choir nGroup of people who sing together; an ensemble of people.
arid adjDry; barren; unproductive; forgotten.
exorcise vTo drive out (usually referring to evil spirits); to purge.
revert vTo relapse; to turn back to a previous position or instance.
precise nExact; cutting.
mortify vTo humiliate, shun, or frighten by embarrassing excessively; to shame.
dissection nThe analysis of an object, idea, etc.; a detailed examination.
providence nThe quality of being provident; preparation for the future; foresight.

*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.