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83 Cards in this Set

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Daunt
to discourage, intimidate
Debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue or duty, indulge
Debunk
discredit, disprove
Debutante
young woman making debut in a high society
Decapitate
to behead
"the guillotine was used to decapitate enemies of the revolution"
Decathlon
athletic contest with ten events
Declivity
downward slope
"the village was situated on the declivity of a hill"
Decry
to belittle, openly condemn
Deface
to mar the appearance of, vandalize
"...were defaced because of the rising antagonism"
Defamatory
slanderous, injurious to reputation
Deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
Defile
to dirty, spoil, to disgrace, dishonor
Definitive
clear-cut, explicit or decisive
Delegate
to give powers to another
Deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
Delineation
depiction, representation
Deluge
(n)flood. (v) to submerge
"the popular actor was deluged with fan mail"
Demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser, usually appeals to emotion or prejudice
Demean
to degrade, humiliate, humble
Demur
to express doubts or objections
Denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
Deplete
to use up, exhaust
Depose
to remove from a high position, as from throne
Depravity
sinfulness, moral corruption
Deprecate
to belittle, disparage
Depreciate
to lose value gradually
Deride
to mock, ridicule, make fun of
Derogate
to belittle, disparage
Desecrate
to abuse something sacred
Desiccate
to dry completely, dehydrate
Desist
to stop doing something
"to desist from doing something"
Desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
Deter
to discourage, prevent from happening
Determinate
having definite limits, conclusive
Diaphanous
allowing light to pass through, delicate
Diatribe
bitter verbal attack
Dichotomy
division into two parts
Dictum
authoritative statement, popular saying
Didactic
excessively instructive
Dilatory
slow, tending to delay
Diluvial
relating to flood
Dirge
funeral hymn
Disaffected
discontented and disloyal
Disarray
clutter, disorder
"the house fell into a disarray after the party"
Disbar
to expel from legal profession
"the lawyer was disbarred after he was accused of bribing"
Disburse
to pay out
Discordant
harsh sounding, badly out of tune
"the violin did not sound completely discordant, but there was..."
Discrepancy
difference between
"the discrepancy between the kid's appearance and the photo on the id was so obvious..."
Discretionary
subject to one's own judgment
"if they had any discretionary powers, they would ruin everything with their own whimsical decisions, therefore they must bow down to authority."
Discursive
wandering from topic to topic
Disengaged
disconnected, dissociated
Disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
Disparate
dissimilar, different in kind
Disparity
contrast, dissimilarity
Dispassionate
free from emotion, impartial, unbiased
Dispel
to drive out or scatter
Dispense with
to suspend operation of, do without
Dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
Dissemble
to pretend, disguise one's motives
"I can dissemble to you no longer!"
Disseminate
to spread far and wide
Dissension
difference of opinion
"her continued dissension of their ideas made it impossible for them to.."
Dissipate
to scatter, to pursue pleasures to excess
Dissuade
to persuade someone to alter original intentions
Distend
to swell, inflate, bloat
Distraught
worried and distressed
Dither
to move or act confusedly or without a clear purpose
diurnal
daily
Divisive
creating disunity or conflict
Doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
Dogmatic
rigidly fixed in opinion
Dolt
idiot, dimwit, foolish person
Domineer, Donor, Dormant
to domineer over someone
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Dotard
senile old person
Dour
sullen and gloomy, stern and severe
Draft
plan, outline, to recruit, conscript
Drivel
stupid talk, slobber
Droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
Dross
waster produced during metal smelting, garbage
Dulcet
pleasant sounding
Dupe
to deceive
Duplicity
deception, dishonesty
Duress
threat of force or intimidation, imprisonment
"she was not so bold under duress after all"
Dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion, gloomy and irritable