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dainty
delicate, sweet
debase
to degrade or lower in quality or stature
decapitate
to behead
deciduous
losing leaves in the fall; short-lived, temporary
declivity
downward slope
decry
to belittle, condemn, or criticize openly
decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
deface
to mar the apprearance of, vandalize
defamatory
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
defile
to dirty, spoil, impure; to disgrace, dishonor
deflation
decrease, depreciation
deft
skillful, dexterous
deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
deluge
flood; to submerge, overwhelm
demagogue
leader (usually appeals to emotion or prejudice)
demarcation
borderline; act of defining or marking a boundary or distinction
demean
to degrade, humiliate, humble
demotion
lowering in rank or grade
demur
to express doubts or objections
denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
denunciation
public condemnation
deploy
to spread out strategically over an area
depose
to remove from a high position, as from a throne
depreciate
to lose value gradually
derogate
to belittle, disparage
desiccate
to dry completely, dehydrate
desist
to stop doing something
destitute
very poor, poverty-striken
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
devoid
totally lacking
devout
deeply religious
dexterous
skilled physically or mentally
diabolical
wicked
diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate; light, airy, transparent
diatribe
bitter verbal attack
dictum
authoritative statement; popular saying
dilapidated
in disrepair, run down, neglected
dilatory
slow, tending to delay
disarray
clutter, disorder
disconcerting
bewildering, perplexing, slightly disturbing
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
disinclined
averse, unwilling, lacking desire
disparate
dissimilar, different in kind
dispense with
to suspend the operation of, do without
disrepute
disgrace, dishonor
dissemble
to pretend, disguise one's motives; to conceal, fake
dissociate
to separate; remove from an association
distend
to swell, inflate, bloat
distraught
very worried and distressed
dither
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose; to be indecisive
diurnal
daily
divine
to foretell or known by inspiration
docile
tame, willing to be taught
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
doleful
sad, mournful
dolt
idiot, dimwit, foolish person
domineer
to rule over something in a tyrannical way
dotard
senile old person
dour
sullen and gloomy; stern and severe
dowry
money or property given by a bride to her husband
dross
waste produced during metal smelting; garbage
dulcet
pleasant sounding; soothing to the ear
dupe
do deceive, trick; fool, pawn
duress
threat of force or intimidation; imprisonment
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
demure
quiet, modest, reserved
deprecate
to belittle, depreciate, express disapproval of, protest against
deride
to laugh at mockingly, scorn, ridicule
desecrate
to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
diffident
shy quiet modest
discursive
digressing, rambling, lacking order
daunt
indimidate; frighten
dawdle
loiter; waste time
debilitate
weaken; enfeeble
debunk
expose something as nonsensical or false
decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
defame
harm someone's reputation; malign
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
defiance
refusal to yield; resistance
degenerate
become worse; deteriorate
degrade
lower in rank or dignity; debase
deliberate
consider; ponder
delineate
portray; depict; sketch
denounce
condemn; criticize
deny
contradict; refuse
depict
portray; describe
deplore
regret strongly; express grief over
depravity
corruption; wickedness
derivative
unoriginal; derived from another source
despondent
depressed; gloomy
despot
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler
detached
emotionally removed; calm and objective; indifferent
deterrent
something that discourages; hindrance
detrimental
harmful; damaging
devious
roundabout; erratic; not straightforward
devise
think up; invent; plan
didactic
teaching; instructional
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out
digression
wandering away from the subject
diligence
steadiness of effort; persistent hard work
diminution
lessening; reduction in size
disband
dissolve; disperse
discerning
mentally quick and observant; having insight
disclose
reveal
discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
discount
disregard
discredit
defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
discrepancy
lack of consistency; difference
discriminating
able to see differences; prejudiced
disdain
view with scorn or contempt
disinclination
unwillingness
disinterested
unprejudiced
dismantle
take apart
dismiss
put away from consideration; reject
disparage
belittle
disparity
difference; condition of inequality
dispassionate
calm; impartial
dispel
drive away; scatter; cause to vanish
disperse
cause to break up; scatter
disputatious
argumentative; fond of arguing
disseminate
distribute; spread; scatter
dissent
disagree
dissipate
squander; waste; scatter
dissuade
advise against
distant
reserved or aloof; cold in manner
divergent
differing; deviating
diverse
differing in some characteristics; various
divulge
reveal
doctrine
teachings, in general; particular principle (religious, legal, and so on) taught
document
provide written evidence
dogmatic
opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
dormant
sleeping; lethargic; latent
dubious
doubtful; questionable
duplicity
double-dealing; hypocrisy
duration
length of time something lasts
dutiful
respectful; obedient