GRE Average Vocabulary Words, Randomly Selected

Here is a list of randomly-selected Average* GRE Vocabulary Words. To see another batch of random average words, refresh this page. Use these words to help you prepare for the verbal section of the GRE revised Test. Your ability to correctly answer text completion and sentence equivalence questions is dependent on the depth of your vocabulary. The more words that you know, the higher the chance that you'll see words on the GRE test that you are familiar with, which improves your chances of getting a high score.

However, as with all GRE vocabulary lists, memorizing words is not the best way to build a strong vocabulary. Instead, you should read extensively. In addition, use the vocabulary tutor available at MyGRETutor 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

copious adjPlentiful; characterized by excess.
ardor nHeat and/or excitement; passion; zeal.
odious adjCausing strong dislike or displeasure; vile.
saunter vTo stroll; to go for a leisurely walk.
actuary nA statistician who advises insurance companies.
tenet nA doctrine; dogma; the set of beliefs that are held dear by a group.
tangential adjNot central; straying from the main theme.
curandera nA spiritual or herb doctor; a woman who practice folk medicine.
capricious adjUnpredictable; fickle, tending to change one's mind.
expository adjExplanatory in nature; serving to explain.
guile nSkillful deceit; cunning.
pervasive adjHaving the ability to permeate or the spread throughout.
fodder nFood for cattle, horses, pigs, etc.; feed for livestock; food given to farm animals.
implore vTo beg; to plead.
tread nA particular type or style of walking.
mollify vTo make calm or to quiet; to soothe an angry person.
surfeit nAn excess; an overabundance.
precinct nA subdivision of a city; a distinct area that is defined for the purpose of elections or to delineate police jurisdiction.
adjutant nA helper; an assistant.
scarify vTo make small cuts in or on, as for example the skin; to break up and loosen the surface of.

*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.