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descry
v. catch sight of


we could barely descry the enemy's vessels
desolate
adj. unpopulated; joyless

desolate patch of wilderness

v. rob of joy; lay waste to; forsake

the bandits desolated the countryside
desperado
n. reckless outlaw
despoil
v. strip of valuables; rob

the raiders despoiled the village
despondent
adj. depressed; gloomy
despot
n. tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler
destitute
adj. extremely poor
desuetude
n. state of disuse
desultory
adj. aimless; haphazard; digressing at random


desultory remark
determinate
adj. having a fixed order or procedure; invariable
determination
n,. resolve; measurement or calculation; decition

determination of the answer
detraction
n. slandering; aspersion

they were held up to ridicule and detraction
devious
adj. roundabout; erratic; not straightfoward

devious plan
a devious course
a devious procedure
a devious scheme to acquire wealth (shifty or crooked)
devolve
v. be transferred to another; delegate to another; gradually worsen

all the work devolved upon poor alice.
diabolical
adj. devilish

diabolical scheme
diadem
n. crown
dialectical
adj. relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal

dialectical skill
teaching is a dialectical situation
diaphanous
adj. sheer; transparent

diaphanous curtains
diatribe
n. bitter scolding; invective

lengthy diatribe
dictum
n. authoritative and weighty statement; saying; maxim

old dictum: "publish or perish"
die
n. device for stamping or imjpressing; mold
diffidence
n. shyness

you must overcome your diffidence
diffuse
adj. wordy; rambling; spread out


diffuse manuscripts
dilapidated
adj. ruined bc of neglect

dilapidated old building
dilatory
adj. tending to delay; intentionally delaying

dilatory in paying bills
dilettante
n. aimless follower of the arts; amateur; dabbler
din
n. continued loud noise

the din of the jackhammers
dinghy
n. small boat (often ship's boat)
dingy
adj. dull; not fresh; cheerless

dingy old apartment
dint
n. means; effort

by dint of much hard work...
diorama
n. life-size, 3D scene from nature or history

dioramas at the museum
dire
adj. disastrous

her dire predictions of an approaching depression
dirge
n. lament with music

the funeral dirge
disabuse
v. correct a false impression; undeceive


I will attempt to disabuse you of your impression of my client's guilt; he is innocent
disaffected
adj. disloyal
disapprobation
n. disapproval; condemnation

view his daughter's bf with disapprobation
disarray
n. a disorderly or untidy state
disavowal
n. denial; disclaiming
disburse
v. pay out

disburse money
discernible
adj. distinguishable; perceivable


the ships were not discernible in the fog
disclaim
v. disown; renounce claim to

If i grant you this privileg, will you disclaim all other rights?
discombobulated
adj. confused; discomposed; disconcert;upset


The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
discomfit
v. put to rout; defeat; disoncert

This ruse will discomfit the enemy
disconcert
v. confuse; upset; embarrassed

Her angry reply disconcerted me completely.
disconsolate
adj. sad

the death of his wife left him disconsolate
discount
v. disregard

discount what he said
discourse
n. formal discussion; conversation
discredit
v. defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve

each candidate tried to discredit the other
discretion
n. prudence in speech, actions; ability to decide responsibly; freedom to act on one's own
discursive
adj. digressing; rambling

discursive remarks
disenfranchise
v. deprive of civil right

this tax disenfranchises the blacks
disgorge
v. surrender something; eject; vomit


unwilling to disgorge the cash he had stolen.