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deciduous
adj. falling off, as of leaves

deciduous tree
decimate
v. kill, usually one out of ten
decollete
adj. having a low-cut neckline
decorum
n. propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
decrepitude
n. state of collapse caused by illness or old age

my grandma was in a state of decrepitude
decry
v. express strong disapproval of; disparage
default
n. failure to act

you can't get the car b/c you have defaulted on your debt
defection
n. desertion

his defection from our cause was sudden
defer
v. give in respectfully; submit

we defer all our questions to michael - he is our tech guy
deference
n. courteous regard for another's wish


In deference to the minister's request...
definitive
adj. most reliable or complete

this is his most definitive work
defoliate
v. destroy leaves


chemical agents that defoliate the woodlands
defray
v. provide for the payment of

her employer offered to defray the costs of tuition
defrock
v. to strip a priest or minister of church authority

the minister's offense was so serious it got him defrocked
deft
adj. neat; skillful


a deft waiter
defunct
adj. dead; no longer in use or existance

defunct corporation
degradation
n. humiliation; debasement; degeneration
deign
v. condescend; stoop

He would not deign to discuss the matter with us.
deliberate
v. consider; ponder

i need time to deliberate before making a decision
delineate
v. portray; depict; sketch
delta
n. flat plain of mud or sand between branches of a river
delude
v. deceive

she deludes herself into believing that...
deluge
n. flood; rush


deluge of applications
delusive
adj. deceptive; raising vain hopes

do not raise your hopes on the basis of his delusive promises
demagogue
n. person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader
demean
adj. degrade; humiliate

demean you to work as a janitor
demoniac
adj. fiendish

demoniac means of torture
demotic
adj. pertaining to the people
demur
n. objection; protest

accepted his statements w/o demur

v. object (bc of doubts, scruples); hesitate
demure
adj. grave; serious; coy

she was demure and reserved
denigrate
v. blacken


he attempts to denigrate my character
denizen
n. inhabitant or resident; regular visitor

denizens of the local bars
denotation
n. meaning; distinguishing by name
denouement
n. outcome; final development of the plot of a play or other literary work

the denouement was obvious
denounce
v. condemn; criticize

The reform candidate denounced the corrupt city officers
deplore
v. regret; censure; disapprove


I deplore the vulgarity of your language
depose
v. dethrone; remove from office

depose the king
deposition
n. testimony under oath
depravity
n. extreme corruption; wickedness
deprecate
v. express disapproval of; protest against; belittle


The teacher should not deprecate the student's efforts
depredation
n. plundering

After the depredations of the invaders, the people were left penniless
derange
v. make insane; disarrange

Hamlet's cruel rejection deranged poor Ophelia
derelict
adj. abandoned; negligent

derelict craft

derelict in living up to his responsibilities
deride
v. ridicule; make fun of
derivative
adj. unoriginal; obtained from another source