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dais
raised platform for guests of honor
dally
trifle with; procrastinate
damp
lessen in intensity; diminish; mute
dank
damp
dapper
neat and trim
dappled
spotted
daub
smear (as with paint)
daunt
*intimidate; frighten
deadpan
wooden; impassive
dearth
scarcity
debauch
corrupt; seduce from virtue
debonair
urbane and suave; amiable; cheerful and carefree
decadence
decay
decant
pour off gently
décolleté
having a low-cut neckline
decorum
*propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
decry
express strong disapproval of; disparage
default
*failure to act
defer
(second meaning) give in respectfully; submit
defer
delay till later; exempt temporarily
deference
*courteous regard for another's wish
defoliate
destroy leaves
defray
provide for the payment of
defrock
to strip a priest or minister of church authority
deft
neat; skillful
defunct
dead; no longer in use or existence
deify
turn into a god; idolize
deign
condescend; stoop
deleterious
harmful
delineate
*portray; depict; sketch
delta
flat plain of mud or sand between branches of a river
delude
deceive
deluge
flood; rush
delusive
deceptive; raising vain hopes
demagogue
person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader
demographic
related to population balance
demoniac
fiendish
demotic
pertaining to the people
demur
objection; protest
demur
object (because of doubts; scrupules); hesitate
demure
grave; serious; coy
denigrate
*blacken
denizen
inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
denotation
meaning; distinguishing by name
deplore
regret
deploy
spread out (troops) in an extended though shallow battle line
depose
dethrone; remove from office
deposition
testimony under oath
deprecate
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
depredation
plundering
derelict
abandoned; negligent
deride
*ridicule; make fun of
derivative
*unoriginal; obtained from another source
descry
catch sight of
desiccate
*dry up
desolate
(second meaning) rob of joy; lay waste to; forsake
despise
look on with scorn; regard as worthless or distasteful
despoil
strip of valuables; rob
despot
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler
desuetude
state of disuse
desultory
*aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
determinate
having a fixed order of procedure; invariable
deterrent
*something that discourages; hindrance
detraction
slandering; aspersion
devious
roundabout; erratic; not straightforward
devolve
be transferred to another; delegate to another; gradually worsen
dexterous
skillful
diadem
crown
dialectical
relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal
diaphanous
sheer; transparent
diatribe
*bitter scolding; invective (abuse)
dichotomy
*split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)
dictum
authoritative and weighty statement; saying; maxim
didactic
teaching; instructional
die
device for stamping or impressing; mold
diffidence
*shyness
diffuse
*wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)
digression
*wandering away from the subject
dilatory
tending to delay; intentionally delaying
dilemma
problem; choice to two unsatisfactory alternatives
dilettante
aimless follower of the arts; amateur; dabbler
diminution
lessening; reduction in size
din
continued loud noise
dint
means; effort
dire
disastrous
dirge
*lament with music
disabuse
*correct a false impression; undeceive
disaffected
disloyal
disapprobation
disapproval; condemnation
disavowal
denial; disclaiming
disburse
pay out
discerning
*mentally quick and observant; having insight
disclaim
disown; renounce claim to
discombobulated
confused; discomposed
discomfit
put to rout; defeat; disconcert
disconcert
confuse; upset; embarrass
disconsolate
sad
discordant
*not harmonious; conflicting
discredit
*defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
discrepancy
*lack of consistency; difference
discrete
*separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts
discursive
digressing; rambling
disembark
go shore; unload cargo from a ship
disengage
uncouple; separate; disconnect
disgorge
surrender something; eject; vomit
disinclination
unwillingness
disingenuous
*lacking genuine candor; insincere
disinter
dig up; unearth
disinterested
*unprejudiced
disjointed
*lacking coherence; separated at the joints
disjunction
act or state of separation; disunity
dismiss
*eliminate from consideration; reject
disparage
*belittle
disparate
*basically different; unrelated
dispassionate
calm; impartial
dispatch
speediness; prompt execution; message sent with all due speed
dispel
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
disport
amuse
disputatious
argumentative; fond of arguing
disquietude
uneasiness; anxiety
disquisition
a formal systematic inquiry; an explanation of the results of a formal inquiry
dissemble
*disguise; pretend
disseminate
*distribute; spead; scatter (like seeds)
dissent
disagree
dissimulate
pretend; conceal by feigning
dissipate
squander; waste; scatter
dissolution
*disintegration; looseness in morals
dissonance
*discord; opposite of harmony
distend
*expand; swell out
distill
*purify; refine; concentrate
distinction
honor; contrast; discrimination
distort
twist out of shape
distrait
inattentive; distracted, often by anxiety
diurnal
daily
diverge
*vary; go in different directions from the same point
diversion
act of turning aside; pastime
divest
*strip; deprive
divine
perceive intuitively; foresee the future
docket
program as for trial; book where such entries are made
doctrinate
unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
document
*provide written evidence
doddering
shaky; infirm from old age
doff
take off
dogged
determined; stubborn
doggerel
poor verse
dogmatic
*opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
doldrums
blues; listlessness; slack period
doleful
mournful; causing sadness
dolorous
sorrowful
domicile
home
don
put on
dormant
*sleeping; lethargic; latent
dormer
window projecting from roof
dossier
file of documents on a subject
dotage
senility
dote
be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline
dour
sullen; stubborn
downcast
disheartened; sad
draconian
extremely severe
dregs
sediment; worthless residue
drone
idle person; male bee
drone
(second meaning) talk dully; buzz or murmur like a bee
dross
waste matter; worthless impurities
drudgery
menial work
dubious
questionable; filled with doubt
ductile
malleable; flexible; pliable
dulcet
sweet sounding
dumbfound
astonish
dupe
*someone easily fooled
duplicity
double-dealing; hypocricy
diress
forcible restraint, especially unlawfully
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion