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daunting
intimidating, causing one to lose courage
dearth
a lack, scarcity
debacle
a disastrous failure, disruption SAT Vocabulary
debase
to lower the quality or esteem of something
debauch
to corrupt by means of sensual pleasures
debunk
to expose the falseness of something
decorous
socially proper, appropriate
decry
to criticize openly
deface
to ruin or injure something’s appearance
defamatory
harmful toward another’s reputation
defer
to postpone something
deferential
showing respect for another’s authority
defile
to make unclean, impure
deft
skillful, capable
defunct
no longer used or existing
delegate
to hand over responsibility for something
deleterious
harmful
deliberate
intentional, reflecting careful consideration
delineate
to describe, outline, shed light on
demagogue
a leader who appeals to a people’s prejudices
demarcation
the marking of boundaries or categories
demean
to lower the status or stature of something
demure
quiet, modest, reserved
denigrate
to belittle, diminish the opinion of
denounce
to criticize publicly
deplore
to feel or express sorrow, disapproval
depravity
wickedness
deprecate
to belittle, depreciate
derelict
abandoned, run-down
deride
to laugh at mockingly, scorn
derivative
taken directly from a source, unoriginal
desecrate
to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
desiccated
dried up, dehydrated
desolate
deserted, dreary, lifeless
despondent
feeling depressed, discouraged, hopeless
despot
one who has total power and rules brutally
destitute
impoverished, utterly lacking
deter
to discourage, prevent from doing
devious
not straightforward, deceitful
dialect
a variation of a language
diaphanous
light, airy, transparent
didactic
intended to instruct, overly moralistic
diffident
shy, quiet, modest
dilatory
tending to delay, causing delay
diminutive
small or miniature
dirge
a mournful song, especially for a funeral
disaffected
rebellious, resentful of authority
disavow
to deny knowledge of or responsibility for
discern
to perceive, detect
disclose
to reveal, make public
discomfit
to thwart, baffle
discordant
not agreeing, not in harmony with
discretion
the quality of being reserved in speech or action
discursive
rambling, lacking order
disdain
to scorn, hold in low esteem , scorn, low esteem
disgruntled
upset, not content
disheartened
feeling a loss of spirit or morale
disparage
to criticize or speak ill of
disparate
sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements
dispatch
to send off to accomplish a duty
dispel
to drive away, scatter
disperse
to scatter, cause to scatter
disrepute
a state of being held in low regard
dissemble
to conceal, fake
disseminate
to spread widely
dissent
to disagree
dissipate
to disappear, cause to disappear , to waste
dissonance
lack of harmony or consistency
dissuade
to persuade someone not to do something
distend
to swell out
dither
to be indecisive
divine
godly, exceedingly wonderful
divisive
causing dissent, discord
divulge
to reveal something secret
docile
easily taught or trained
dogmatic
aggressively and arrogantly certain about unproved principles
dormant
sleeping, temporarily inactive
dour
stern, joyless
dubious
doubtful, of uncertain quality
duplicity
crafty dishonesty
duress
hardship, threat
dynamic
actively changing