WORD LISTS

Challenge, List 10

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!
apogee
Of course, as is typical in Austen, the female protagonist finally achieves her desired marital match -- the apogee of aspirations for young women of the time.
axiomatic
The students nodded, emphatically agreeing with a statement which upwards of sixty-two thousand repetitions in the dark had made them accept, not merely as true, but as axiomatic, self-evident, utterly indisputable.
cartography
But locating yourself in space has never been cartography’s sole function: like these driftwood pieces, maps inevitably chart how cultures perceive not only their landscapes but their lives.
contumacious
Thompson, Samel, and Swanson, however, are contumacious Alaskans with a special fondness for driving motor vehicles where motor vehicles aren’t really designed to be driven.
euthanasia
In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia, allowing doctors to end the lives of patients whose suffering is "unbearable and hopeless" - not just those with terminal illnesses.
extrapolate
The researchers did not have enough information to evaluate conservation status for 1507 species so they extrapolated for those, assuming a similar portion are at risk of extinction.
hirsute
As the least hirsute primates, humans have long sought out furred animals — trapping, killing and skinning them — for the purpose of wearing them.
imbroglio
It's a cautionary tale of political feuding as bitter and labyrinthine as the imbroglio embroiling the game's world governing body FIFA.
insouciance
Some other Americans saw Woodstock as an outrageous display of indulgence and insouciance in a time of war.
mesmerized
I am mesmerized by their perfect tiny beaks, their creamy clawed feet, and their layered gray feathers that fold together like a beautiful silk fan.
misanthropic
It’s hard not to immediately sympathize with a misanthropic robot — can’t we all understand the desire to just binge-watch TV instead of dealing with people?
monolithic
The scientific community would do well to remember that “the public” is not monolithic—age, race and ethnicity, political viewpoints and levels of education influence people’s opinions.
nugatory
Moreover, even for many workers still receiving paychecks, the tax cut would be trivial to the point of being nugatory.
odyssey
Just getting to school for my first day of ninth grade was a whole new odyssey, involving ninety minutes of nerve-pummeling travel on two different city bus routes as well as a transfer downtown.
prehensile
With more than 100,000 distinct bundles of muscle fibers, an elephant’s prehensile trunk is just as dexterous as a human or chimpanzee’s hands.
raconteur
Organised by the Scottish Storytelling Centre, it puts rambling raconteurs at the heart of the festival spirit.
renege
After the ransom—enough gold to fill a room 22 feet long by 17 feet wide to a height of over 8 feet—was delivered, Pizarro reneged on his promise and executed Atahuallpa.
sartorial
Dr. Strayer and Dr. Gazzaley hit it off, even though they seem cut from entirely different cloth, both figuratively, with respect to personality, and literally, in terms of their sartorial choices.
supplicant
“She’s probably another supplicant,” Cyril said, “come to beg you to take away a gift you gave her at birth.”
tautology
It’s a tautology, but memes are popular objects, which explains why objects can become memes when they’re popular.

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