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intended to instruct
didactic
a lessening
diminution
spread out; wordy
diffuse
nature; tendency
disposition
to criticize severely
chastise
entirely without; lacking
devoid
to grow together; to combine
coalesce
to treat with disrespect
desecrate
keenly perceptive; shrewd
discerning
a denunciation; bitter verbal attack
diatribe
to pull down; to take apart
dismantle
lack of equality; difference
disparity
to send off in different directions
disperse
tending to soothe or reconcile
conciliatory
indulging excessively in sensual pleasures
dissipated
a feeling of contempt for anything that is regarded as unworthy; scorn
disdain
in a state of mental conflict and confusion; distracted
distraught
to discredit; to belittle
disparage
clearly visible; remarkable
conspicuous
saying much in few words; brief but full of meaning
concise
absurd; wildly fanciful
chimerical
lasting a long time; constant
chronic
careful
circumspect
having exceptional insight
clairvoyant
secret
clandestine
mercy; mildness
clemency
conversational; used in informal speech or writing
colloquial
to sympathize with; to feel sorrow for another's suffering
commiserate
agreeing
compatible
calmness
composure
to forgive or overlook
condone
abundant
copious
to confirm
corroborate
coarse; stupid
crass
standard for judging; a test
criterion
secret; having a hidden meaning
cryptic
without attention to details
cursory
shortage
dearth
to weaken
debilitate
decay; decline
decadence
great respect
deference
to let the air out of; to reduce in size or importance
deflate
to describe in words; to sketch
delineate
behavior
demeanor
expression of strong disapproval made openly or publicly
denunciation
to express strong disapproval of
deprecate
tending to lower in estimation; degrading
derogatory
monarch with unlimited power
despot
to discourage; to keep someone from doing something
deter
not straightforward; lying; roundabout
devious