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desecrate
(v.) to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
(They feared that the construction of a golf course would desecrate the preserved wilderness.)
desiccated
(adj.) dried up, dehydrated
(The skin of the desiccated mummy looked like old paper.)
diaphanous
(adj.) light, airy, transparent
(Sunlight poured in through the diaphanous curtains, brightening the room.)
diffident
(adj.) shy, quiet, modest
(While eating dinner with the adults, the diffident youth did not speak for fear of seeming presumptuous.)
discursive
(adj.) rambling, lacking order
(The professor’s discursive lectures seemed to be about every subject except the one initially described.)
dissemble
(v.) to conceal, fake
(Not wanting to appear heartlessly greedy, she dissembled and hid her intention to sell her ailing father’s stamp collection.)
dither
(v.) to be indecisive
(Not wanting to offend either friend, he dithered about which of the two birthday parties he should attend.)
ebullient
(adj.) extremely lively, enthusiastic
(She became ebullient upon receiving an acceptance letter from her first-choice college.)
effrontery
(n.) impudence, nerve, insolence
(When I told my aunt that she was boring, my mother scolded me for my effrontery.)
effulgent
(adj.) radiant, splendorous
(The golden palace was effulgent.)