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dainty
pretty, delicate, difficult to please
The dainty young girl won numerous beauty pageants.
daunt
intimidate, make fearful
He gave him a grim stare to try to daunt him.
dawdler
someone who wastes time
Having a dawdler for a roomate doesn't inspire me to do work.
dearth
shortage
The dearth of corn has made prices spike in the past year.
debacle
a breakup, overthrow, sudden disaster
The revolution ended in a debacle.
decorum
properness
The most important principles in the 18th century were of decorum and profundity.
decree
order given by authority
The general's final decree was to surrender.
decry
disapprove of, denounce
She decried the lack of support for the arts in this country.
defer
postpone, to show respect
He deferred is mortage payments to the next pay period.
deferential
respectful
He was taught to always be deferential when attending an event.
defiance
open disobedience or resistance
Her defiance of her mother's wisheds eventually led to her grounding.
delineate
to portray, display, sketch out
He delineated the path to the store.
deluge
great flood, rush of water
The excessive rains led to a deluge of the city.
demagogue
a leader of people
His ability to speak drove him to being a demagogue.
demur
to make objection
They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
denigrate
belittle, defame
He used cruel rumors to denigrate his opponent.
denouement
the final resolution of a plot, outcome
The denoument of the story left the reader feeling content.
deplete
use until none remains
They depleted their air supply until they could breathe no more.
deposition
removal from an office or position, act of depositing
The emporer's depostition from the throne lead to celebration in the streets.
deprave
make morally bad, corrupt
The drug dealer depraved the young children into addicts.
deprecate
protest against, express disapproval
They deprecated in the streets against the raising of taxes.
dereliction
deserting, leaving to fall into ruins
After the dereliction of the mayans, the tribe died off.
derision
ridicule, mockery
THe inept performace elicited derision from the audience.
derivative
obtained from another source
The new theory was a derivative of past research.
derogatory
insulting, meant to damage
The derogatory remarks to his sister made her cry.
descry
catch sight of, see in the distance
The man at the front of the ship descried an island in the distance.
desiccant
substance used to absorb moisture
The mechanice used a desiccant to soak up the oil spill.
desuetude
the state of being no longer used or practiced
Most old medical procedures are in a state of desuetude.
desultory
lacking in consistency, digressing from the main subject, random
She made a desultory remark in the middle of the conversation.
deter
discourage, hinder
You could not deter him from following his dream of playing soccer.
detraction
slandering, verbal attack
Let it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken.
detumescence
diminshing or lessening of swelling
He rested for days, which accelerated the detumescence of his hurt ankle.
deviance
being different from normal standards
His line of work was a deviance from the traditional careers of his friends.
dexterity
skill (especially with hands)
The welder was known for his dexterity in the field.
diaphanous
transparent
The glass was so diaphanous that i nearly ran into it.
diatribe
bitter and violent attack in words
The enfuriated president repeated diatribes against the senator.
diffidence
shyness
The diffidence of the black squirrel makes it nearly impossible to see.
dilate
speak comprehensively, become wider, larger
Her pupils dilated when the lights turned off.
disallow
to reject, veto
The judge disallowed a claim for compensation.
discern
to see, recognize or apprehend
He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.
discomfit
confuse, embarrass
I was discomfited by the teacher's question.
disconcert
to throw into disorder or confusion, disarrange
He changed his mind and disconcerted everybody's plans.
discountenance
to show disapproval of
The teacher discountenanced smoking by the students.
discourse
speech, lecture
He offered a brief discourse about the subject of global warming.
discredit
refuse to believe
There was no good reason to discredit the witness.
discreet
careful, prudent
They obliged for a discreet silence at the baseball game in memory of the late player.
discrete
individually distinct
A discrete variable has only one value for every input.
disdain
look on with contempt
As Julia walked into the room, she was greeted with looks of disdain.
disencumber
to free from burden
The new intern will disencumber many duties from the project engineer.
disheveled
untidy
My apartment is disheveled because of my messy roomates.
disingenuous
trying to deceive, cunning, sophisticated
The disingenous plan was sure to take advantage of easily tricked persons.
disinter
dig up from earth
They had to disinter the fossils from a layer of sandstone.
dislodge
move, force from the place occupied
He dislodged the rocks from the side of the mountain.
dismal
sad, gloomy, miseralbe
It was a dismal day outsdie and rain was expected.
disparate
essentially different
Steel is a mixture of two very disparate materials in iron and carbon.
disproof
proof to the contrary
The discovery of planet rotations disproofed Galileo's theory.
dissemble
speak or behave so as to hide something
He tried to dissemble his guilt behind a smile.
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely
The doctor's goal was to disseminate informatin about preventive medicine.
dissent
to differ in opinion from the majority
Two of the jurors dissented from the majority decision.
dissolution
the undoing or breaking of a bond, tie, or union
The shareholders voted for the dissolution of the company.
distraught
distracted, violently upset in mind
She was distraught after the car accident.
divergence
getting farther apart from a point
She drew a graph to demonstrate the divergence of the two curves.
divestiture
something thats been rid of or sold off
At year end the company examined its aquisitions and divestitures.
divulge
make known something secret
The woman won't divulge her current weight.
doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
He had heard some silly doggerel that kept running through his mind.
dogmatic
positive, certain, without room for discussion
The inductance of mickey mantle to the hall of fame is dogmatic.
dolt
stupid fellow
There is always at least one dolt in every class.
dormant
in a state of inactivity
The volcano has been dormant for years.
dote
show fondness, center one's attention
The parents dote on their youngest daughter.
drawl
slow way of speaking
I wish Lindsay spoke with a southern drawl.
droll
amusing in an odd way, humorous
The comedian is a very droll person.
drone
person who lives on the labor of others
Many kids prefer to be drones and live off their parents for years.
drowsiness
sleepiness
Many night time medications cause drowsiness.
dubious
feeling doubt
He made a dubious reply to the RFI.
dud
something that fails
The rocket engine was a dud.
dulcet
melodious, harmonous
I love the dulcet tones of the guitar.
dupe
cheat, make a fool of
He tried to dupe me out of my money.
duplicity
speaking or acting in two different ways
The duplicity of the politician made his stance on issues very vague.
duress
compulstion by threat or force
He attempted to duress the people to join the cult.
dwarf
person or someone below usual size
The guy from austin powers is a dwarf.
dynamo
energetic, hardworking, forceful person
It takes a dynamo to run a company.