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Daunt
to make fearful; intimidate
- The steepness of the mountain daunted the climbers.
Dearth
lack; scarcity
- When there is a dearth of food, many people may starve.
Debacle
violent breakdown; overwhelming defeat
- The political debate turned into a debacle when the candidates started screaming at each other.
Debauchery
wild living; excessive
- His debauchery left him almost penniless.
Debilitate
to weaken; cripple
- The football player's career was ended by a debilitating injury.
Decadent
decaying, especially in terms of morals
- Hitting the bars instead of going to class is decadent.
Decimate
to kill or destroy a large portion
- The army was decimated.
Decorous
proper; in good taste
- The New Year's Eve party was decorous until midnight when everyone went wild.
Defame
libel; slander
- She defamed his character by making false accusations.
Deference
submission to another's will
- She showed deference to her father by letting him have the first piece of pie.
Definitive
conclusion; last word
- She gave him a definitive answer on the loan he wanted.
Degenerate
to break down; to deteriorate
- The old neighborhood degenerated into a terrible slum.
Deleterious
harmful
- Smoking cigarettes is deleterious to your health.
Delineate
to describe accurately; outline
- He clearly delineated his plan.
Delude
deceive
- The con man deluded us into thinking he would make us rich.
Deluge
flood
- The reward brought in a deluge of hot leads.
Demagogue
a leader of the people
- The demagogue in the protest gave a speech to his followers.
Denizen
inhabitant
- He was a denizen of the local pub.
Depravity
extreme wickedness or corruption
- He exhibited depravity even in his younger years.
Deprecate
to express disapproval of
- The professor deprecated the student's choice to drop out of school.
Deride
ridicule
- The sports writer derided the football team.
Desiccate
to dry out
- The hot wind desiccated a few grapes remaining on the vine.
Despondent
extremely depressed
- The cook became despondent after the wedding cake exploded.
Despot
an abosolute ruler
- Marisol was a despot; workers who disagreed with her were fired.
Destitute
extremely poor
- They were left destitute after their house burned down.
Desultory
without a plan or purpose
- Nothing came from her desultory attempt to start a business.
Dextrous
skillful
- Donald trump is a dextrous businessman.
Dialectical
relating to discussions; rules for reasoning
- The game of Twenty Questions is dialectical.
Dictum
an authoritative saying
- "No pain, no gain" is the dictum of sadistic coaches everywhere.
Didactic
intended to teach; morally instructive
- The priest's conversation was always didactic.
Diffident
timid; lacking in self-confidence
- The diffident student never made a single comment in class.
Digress
to stray from the main subject
- The teacher always digressed.
Dilettante
someone with superficial knowledge of the arts
- Jill said she was a wine expert, but she was merely a dilettante.
Discern
to have insight
- The writer's work demonstrated discern.
Discreet
prudent; reserved
- The psychiatrist was very discreet about what was discussed behind closed doors.
Discrete
unconnected; separate
- The twins were identical but their personalities were discrete.
Disdain
arrogant scorn
- The millionaire looked upon the poor workers with disdain.
Disinterested
not taking sides; unbiased
- The disinterested witness was allowed to leave the courtroom.
Disparge
to belittle
- The mayor disparged our efforts.
Disparate
different; incompatible
- The disparate groups were united only by their dislike of the candidate.
Disseminate
to spread the seeds of something
- News is disseminated through many mediums.
Dissipate
to thin out or dissolve
- The smoke dissipated as the day wore on.
Distend
to swell
- The tire distended as it was pumped with air.
Docile
easily taught; obedient
- The docile students memorized all their vocab words.
Doctrinaire
inflexibly committed to a doctorine or theory without regard to its practicality
- The old medicine woman, many felt, had doctrinaire views.
Dogmatic
arrogantly assertive of unproven ideas
- Andrea was very dogmatic in her strange theories.
Dubious
uncertain
- We were dubious as to whether or not our group project would get a good mark.
Duplicity
the act of being two-faced
- Carol, the liar, engaged in duplicity on a daily basis.