WORD LISTS

Challenge, List 2

November 30, 2022
This list of challenge words features some of the hardest words that you will encounter in the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE. These are words that typically appear less frequently across different academic disciplines, so you are less likely to have encountered them before. Master these difficult words and watch your GRE score soar!
abscond
In 1995, the leader of a commercial expedition absconded with tens of thousands of dollars of his clients’ money before the trip even got off the ground.
catalyst
Hearing about Rosa Parks and her protest showed me that there is hope for me and all the students in Ms. G’s classes to truly be catalysts for change.
churlish
Mom is a lovely person who seemed not to see her child was often churlish and badly behaved.
delineated
The external real world of San Francisco past and present is delineated with great precision, but in a mode that is at the opposite extreme from documentary.
egotistical
McCarthy was an egotistical man who regarded the fear of Communism that arose in the late 1940s and 1950s as the opportunity to gain what he most desperately wanted: power and publicity.
equivocate
She refused to equivocate on the issue of school desegregation, and in the Hispanic community she became an important, heroic voice.
existential
Wealthy nations have set aside money for small island countries that face the existential threat of rising sea levels.
fetid
It was a nauseating smell, both fetid and sickly sweet, thick in the dusk as it filled Koffi's lungs.
hermetic
My reaction to this horrifying web of over-information was to search for the cleanest, simplest, safest bassinet I could find, preferably with some sort of hermetic seal on top to prevent barrettes from falling in.
introspection
But introspection gives us far more insight into the ways of other humans than into those of dinosaurs.
lucre
If you've just hit the jackpot in the casino, there are plenty of ways to unload the lucre here.
multifarious
My grandfather, accustomed to the multifarious conjugations of ancient Greek verbs, had found English, for all its incoherence, a relatively simple tongue to master.
patois
The melodic, swooping movement of her Jamaican patois was quickly replaced by the more stable cadences of American English.
prevaricate
Politicians lie, pivot away from questions they don't want to answer and prevaricate.
recalcitrant
Like a recalcitrant child, however, color in art refuses to be governed by any rules.
sinecure
Just about everyone else has aged out of the hard work of partisan politics and policy scrutiny, and into the easier sinecures of public life.
stratified
Like medieval Italian city-states, Nudzahui principalities were rigidly stratified, with the king and a small group of kinspeople and noble advisers gobbling up much of the wealth and land.
supine
But the extensive dampness made Gregor sick and he lay supine, embittered and immobile on the couch.
theocracy
His followers, as expositors of God’s word, arrogated immense powers to themselves; in 1979 one of them, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, turned Iran into a theocracy.
vapid
“I’m sorry, but I don’t understand how a person can say they hate nature. It’s like saying you hate happiness or laughter. Or fun. I don’t get how someone could be so freaking vapid.”

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