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Dapper
neat and trim
Debacle
sudden downfall, complete disaster
Debauch
corrupt, seduce from virtue
Debutante
young woman formally entering society
Decadence
decay, often moral
Decant
pour off gently
Decollete
low cut neckline
Defection
desertion
Defoliate
destroy leaves
Defray
pay for
Defrock
strip minister of church authority
Defunct
dead, no longer in use
Deleterious
harmful
Delusive
deceptive, raising vain hopes
Demoniac
fiendish
Demotic
pertaining to the people
Demur
to object, hesitate
Denizen
inhabitant, resident
Denotation
meaning, definition
Denouement
outcome of a story
Depose
dethrone, remove from office
Deposition
testimony under oath
Depredation
plundering
Descry
catch sight of
Desiccate
dry up
Despoil
plunder
Desultory
aimless, digressing at random
Devolve
deputize, pass responsibility to others
Diadem
crown
Dialectical
relating to debate
Diaphanous
sheer, transparent
DIATRIBE
bitter scolding
Dictum
maxim, wise saying
Didactic
instructional
Die
device for stamping, mold
DIFFIDENCE
shyness
Dilatory
delaying
Dilettante
amateur, dabbler in the arts
Dint
effort, means
DIRGE
sad song
DISABUSE
correct a false impression
Disaffected
disloyal
Discomfit
disconcert, defeat
DISCRETE
separate, unconnected
Discursive
digressing, rambling
Disgorge
surrender, eject, vomit
DISINGENUOUS
not naive, sophisticated
Disport
amuse
Disquisition
formal systematic inquiry
DISSOLUTION
disintegration of morals
Distrait
absentminded
Diurnal
daily
DIVEST
strip, deprive
Doctrinaire
dogmatic, uncompromising about doctrine
Doggerel
lousy poetry
Dolorous
sorrowful
Dormer
window projecting from roof
Dossier
file of documents on subject
Dour
sullen, stubborn
Draconian
extremely severe
Droll
queer and amusing
Drone
idle person, male bee
Ductile
malleable, flexible, pliable
Dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion
EBULLIENT
overflowing with enthusiasm
Eddy
swirling current of water, air
Efface
rub out
Effervescence
inner excitement
Effete
worn out, barren
Effluvium
noxious smell
EFFRONTERY
shameless boldness
Egress
exit
ELEGY
poem/song of lamentation
Ellipsis
omission of words from a text
Elliptical
oval, ambiguous, wobbly from something left out
Elysian
blissful, like paradise
Emend
correct, edit a text
Emetic
substance causing vomiting
Eminent
high, lofty
Emollient
soothing or softening remedy
Emolument
salary, compensation
EMPIRICAL
based on experience
Enclave
territory enclosed within alien land
Encomiastic
praising, eulogizing
Encomium
high praise, eulogy
ENDEMIC
prevalent in certain region
Endue
endow, provide with a quality
ENERVATE
weaken
Enjoin
command, order, forbid
Ennui
boredom
Ensconce
settle comfortably
Entree
entrance, an "in"
Environ
enclose, surround
Epaulet
ornament worn on shoulder
EPHEMERAL
short lived, fleeting
Epigram
witty short thought or saying
Episodic
too loosely connected, fragmented
Epithet
charles THE WISE
Equable
tranquil, steady, uniform
Equine
like a horse
Equipoise
balancing force, equilibrium
Equivocal
ambiguous, intentionally misleading
EQUIVOCATE
lie, mislead, hide the truth
Errant
wandering
ERUDITE
learned, scholarly
Ethnology
study of humankind
Etymology
study of word parts
Eugenic
The improvement of races
Evanescent
fleeting, vanishing
Evince
show clearly, evidence
Exceptionable
objectionable
Exchequer
treasury
Excoriate
scold with biting harshness, strip skin
Execrable
very bad
Execrate
curse, express abhorrence for
Exegesis
explanation (of bible passages)
EXIGENCY
urgent situation
Exiguous
small, minute
Expatiate
talk at length
Expiate
make amends for
Explicate
explain, interpret, clarify
Expository
explanatory
Expostulation
protest, objection
Expropriate
take posession of
Expurgate
purge offensive parts
Extant
still in existence
Extirpate
root up
Extradition
surrender prisoner to another state
Extrinsic
extraneous, not essential
Extrude
force or push out