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diffuse

The story was hard to understand because of its diffuse nature.
spread out; wordy
desecrate

The young troublemakers planned to desecrate the cemetary by overturning headstones.
to treat with disrespect
diatribe

In a lengthy diatribe, the govenor succeeded in putting down her predecessor's record.
denunciation; a bitter (nasty) verbal attack
despot

The despot ordered a curfew for all citizens in order to control rebels.
monarch (ruler/leader) with unlimited power
didactic

Our teacher often told didactic stories to help us learn a lesson.
intended to instruct or teach a lesson
devious

The thief used a devious trick to steal the old lady's money.
not straightforward; lying; tricky
deter

Nothing could deter Herman from achieving his goals.
to discourage; to keep someone from doing something
deprecate

Rather than deprecate my poor attempts at writing poetry, Mr. Mazer encouraged me.
to express strong disapproval of
derogatory

When Melanie appologized for her derogatory remarks, she displayed her maturity.
degrading; tending to lowerthe reputation of a person or thing
devoid

The chocolate candy bar was devoid of any healthy vitamins.
entirely without; lacking