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cryptic

Polly's cryptic letter confused us.
secret; having a hidden meaning
dearth

The dearth of healthy fruits led to more illnesses.
shortage; not enough
cursory

It requires more than cursory attention for me to understand modern poetry.
without attention to details
debilitate

A bad cold can debilitate you, so that you cannot go to school.
to weaken
decadence

Many sermons tend to focus on moral decadence in our times.
decay; decline
demeanor

Unless your rude demeanor improves, we will never be compatible.
behavior
delineate

When challenged to delineate Sam's rude behavior, we were speechless.
to describe in words; to sketch
denunciation

We were amazed by the cigarette company's denunciation of smoking.
expression of strong disapproval made openly or publicly
deference

Out of deference to my father, we never smoke in the house.
great respect
deflate

Over the winter, my bicycle tires deflated so I had to add more air.
to let the air out of; to reduce in size or importance