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dart
a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
dearth
an insufficient quanity or number
debacle
a sudden and violent collapse

a sound defeat

flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
decree
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record
deference
a courteous expression of esteem and regard
delineate
describe in vivid detail

make a mark or lines on a surface

trace the shape of

represent accurately or precisely
demagogue
an orator who appeals to the passsions and prejudices of his audience
demur
a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings

take exception to
denigrate
charge falsely or with malicious intent

belittle
denouement
the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

the outcome of a complex sequence of events
denounce
give away information about somebody

announce the termination of, as of treaties
deplore
express strong disapproval of

regret strongly
deposition
the act of removing a powerful person from a posistion or office

the act of putting something somewhere

a pretrial interrogation of a witness
deprave
corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
deprecate
belittle
derision
contemptuous laughter
derivative
the instantaneous change of one quanity relative to another

a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
descry
catch sight of
desiccant
a substance that promotes drying
desiccate
lose water or moisture
desuetude
a state of inactivity or disuse
desultory
marked by lack of definite plan or regularity, jumping from one thing to another
detraction
the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation
diaphanous
so thin as to transmit light
diffidence
lack of self-confidence
diffident
showing modest reserve
dialate
add details, as to an account or idea
dilatory
using cautious slow stategy to wear down opposistion, avoiding direct confrontation

wasting time
disabuse
to free somebody from an erroneous belief
disallow
command against
discomfit
cause to lose one's composure
disconcert
cause to feel embarrassment
discountenance
show disapproval by discouraging

look with disfavor on
discourse
talk or hold forth formally about a topic
disencumber
release from entanglement of difficulty
disingenuous
not straightforwrd or candid, giving a false appearance of frankness
disinter
dig up for reburial or for medical investigation
dissemble
make believe with the intent to deceive

behave unaturally or affectedly
dissipation
useless or profitless activity

dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure

separation into component parts
distend
swell from or as if from internal presure

become wider
divergence
an infinite series that has no limit
divestiture
the sale by a company of a product line, subsidary or division

an order to an offending party to rid itself of property
doggerel
a comic verse of irregular measure
dote
to be foolish or senile due to old age
drone
a pipe of the bagpipe tha tis tuned to produce a single continuous tone
dross
worthless material that should be removed

the scum formed by oxidation a the surface of molten metals
dulcet
extremely pleasant in a gentle way
duplicity
acting in bad faith

a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
dynamo
generator consisting of a coil that rotates between the poles of an electromagnet causing a current to flow in the armature
ebullience
overflowing with enthusiasm
ebullient
joyously unrestrained
ecumenical
of worldwide scope or applicability

concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions
edacious
devouring or craving food in great quanities
effete
marked by ecessive self-indulgence and moral decay
efficacy
capacity or power to produce a desired effect
effrontery
audacious behavior that you have no right to
ecumenical
of worldwide scope or applicability
edacious
devouring or craving food in great quantities
effete
marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
effrontery
audacious behavior that you have no right to
egress
the act of coming out, becoming apparent

reappearance of a celestial body after an eclipse
encomium
a formal expression of praise
encumbrance
a charge against property
endemic
native to or confined to a certain region

a disease that is constantly present to a greater or lesser degree in people of a certain class or in people living in a particular location
engender
make children

call forth
enormity
an act of extreme wickedness

the quality of being outrageous
entreat
ask for or request earnestly
enzyme
any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
epicure
a person devoted to refined, sensous enjoyment
epistle
a long, formal letter
epithet
a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
epitome
a breif abstract
equable
not easily irritated

not varying
equanimity
steadiness of mind under stres
equipoise
equality of distribution
equivocal
uncertain as a sign or indication
equivocate
to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withold information
erudite
having or showing profound knowledge
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
eulogy
a formal expression of praise
evince
give expression to
excoriate
express strong disapproval of

tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
excoriation
severe censure

an abraded area where the skin is torn or wore off
expatiate
add details, as to an account or idea, clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way usually in writing
expedient
a means to an end, not necessarily a principled or ethical one

serving to promote your interest

appropriate to a purpose, practical
expiation
the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing, especially appeasing a deity
expostulate
reason with somebody for the purpose of dissuasion
exsert
thrust or extend out
extirpate
surgically remove an organ

destroy completely
extol
praise, glorify or honor
extort
get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner

obtain by coercion or intimidation
extricable
capable of being extricated
extricate
to release from an entanglement or difficulty, disengage
facile
expressing yourself readily
fatuous
complacently or inanely foolish
feckless
not fit to assume responsibility
fecund
capable of producing offspring or vegetation

intellectually productive
feint
any distracting or deceptive maneuver
felcitous
exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

marked by good fortune
felon
a purulent infection at the end of a finger ore toe in the area surrounding the nail
franchise
a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government

an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
fret
a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
froward
habitually disposed to disobedience and opposistion
fulminate
cause to explode violently and with loud noise

come on suddenly and intensely

criticize severely
fulsome
unplesantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
gainsay
take exception to
gambol
gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

play boisterously
garner
a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed

assemble or get together

acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
garrulity
the quality of being wordy and talkative
garrulous
full of trival conversation
gaucherie
a socially awkward or tactless act
glean
gather, as of natural products
glib
artfully persuasive in speech

having only superficial plausibility

marked by lack of intellectual depth
grave
a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
guile
the quality of being crafty
gull
fool or hoax