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dais
platform; speaker's stand
dale
valley
dally
to waste time
dank
chilly and wet
dappled
spotted
dastardly
sneaking and cowardly; shameful
daub
to smear; to cover over with paint, etc
daunt
to discourage
dawdle
to waste time; to idle
de facto
in fact; in reality
deadlock
a standstill; a tie
dearth
a scarcity or lack
debacle
a complete failure; total collapse
debase
to lower in rank; to humiliate
debauch
to corrupt
debilitate
to weaken
debonair
pleasant; courteous; charming
debris
fragments; litter; rubble
debut
first public appearance
decadence
moral deterioration
decant
to pour off (a liquid)
decapitate
to behead
decelerate
to slow down
deciduous
not permanent; passing
decipher
decode; figure out the meaning of
declaim
to speak dramatically
declivity
downward slope
decompose
to decay; to break up into parts
decorum
appropriate social behavior
decoy
a person or thing that entices or lures, as into danger
debilitate
to weaken
debonair
pleasant; courteous; charming
debris
fragments; litter; rubble
debut
first public appearance
decadence
moral deterioration
decant
to pour off (a liquid)
decapitate
to behead
decelerate
to slow down
deciduous
not permanent; passing
decipher
decode; figure out the meaning of
declaim
to speak dramatically
declivity
downward slope
decompose
to decay; to break up into parts
decorum
appropriate social behavior
decoy
a person or thing that entices or lures, as into danger
decrepit
broken down by age or disease
decry
to speak out against
deduce
to reason out; to infer
deem
to think; to believe; to judge
defalcate
to misuse funds; to embezzle
defamatory
damaging another's reputation with false remarks
default
to fail to pay a debt or to perform a task
defection
dersertion
defer
to postpone; to put off
deference
respect
defile
to pollute; to corrupt
definitive
comprehensive; complete
deflect
to turn aside; to bend
defoliate
to strip of leaves
defray
to pay the cost of
deft
skillful
defunct
no longer in existence; extinct
degrade
to lower in degree or quality
deify
to idolize; to make god-like
deign
to lower oneself before an inferior
delectable
delicious; very pleasing
delete
to leave out; to cross out
deleterious
harmful
delineate
to describe; to depict
delirium
condition of mental disturbance; wild excitement
delude
to deceive; to mislead
deluge
a flood; a rush
delve
to search; to investigate
demagogue
a popular leader who appeals to the emotions
demean
to degrade; to lower
demeanor
behavior
demented
deranged; insane
demigod
a person who is partly a god and partly human
demise
death; ending
demography
study of population trends
demolish
to tear down
demoralize
to discourage; to cause to lose spirit
demur
to object; to take exception to
demure
shy
denigrate
to ruin the reputation of; to blacken
denizen
occupant; inhabitant; resident
denomination
the name or designation for a class of persons, such as a religious group
denouement
outcome; result
denounce
to publicly condemn
depict
to portray; to represent
depilate
to remove hair from
deplete
to use up gradually (resources, strength, etc)
deplore
to regret
deploy
to place troops in position
depose
to remove from office
depraved
sinful; immoral
deprecate
to disapprove of
depreciate
to lessen in value
deranged
insane
derelict (three meanings)
abandoned; negligent; a vagrant or bum
deride
to ridicule
derision
ridicule
dermatology
study of skin diseases
derogatory
belittling
descry
to discover
desecrate
to damage a holy place
desiccate
to dry up; to wither
desist
to cease or stop
desolate
lonely; deserted
despicable
contemptible; hateful
despise
to scorn; to regard with disgust
despoil
to rob; to plunder
despondent
depressed; dejected
despot
a dictator
destitute
poor; lacking
desuetude
condition of disuse; extinction
desultory
wandering from subject to subject; rambling
détente
a lessening of tension or hostility
deter
to discourage; to hinder
detergent
a cleansing agent
detonate
explode
detoxify
remove the poison from
detract
to take away; to diminish
detriment
harm; damage
devastate
to destroy; to overwhelm
deviate
to turn aside; to digress
devious
sly; underhand
devoid
completely without
devotee
an enthusiastic follower
devout
religious; pious; sincere
dexterity
skill; cleverness
diabolical
devilish; cruel
diadem
crown
dialectic
logical discussion
diaphanous
transparent; very sheer and light
diatribe
bitter criticism
dichotomy
division into two parts
dicker
to bargain; to argue over prices
diction
style of speaking
dictum
a positive statement
didactic
instructive; inclined to lecture others too much
diffident
shy; modest
diffuse
to spread; to scatter
digress
to wander off the subject
dilapidated
broken down; falling apart
dilate
to expand; to become wider
dilatory
slow or late in doing things
dilemma
a troubling situation
dilettante
a dabbler in the fine arts; one who is not an expert
diligent
hard-working; industrious
diminutive
small
dint
power; force
dipsomaniac
drunkard
dire
ddreadful; causing disaster
dirge
a funeral song or hymn
disarray
disorder; confusion
disavow
to disown; to deny; to repudiate
disburse
to pay out
discern
to distinguish; to recognize; to perceive
disciple
a follower
disclaimer
denial; renunciation
disclose
to reveal; to make known
discomfiture
frustration; confusion
disconcert
to upset; to embarrass
disconsolate
without hope
discordant
disagreeing; harsh-sounding
discount (two meanings)
reduction; to disregard
discountenance
to disapprove of
discourse
conversation; lecture
discredit
to disgrace; to cast doubt on
discreet
showing good judgment; cautious
discrepancy
inconsistency; difference
discrete
separate; not attached
discretion
good judgment
discrimination (two meanings)
prejudice; ability to distinguish
discursive
rambling; wandering
disdain
to scorn
disgruntled
unhappy; discontented
dishearten
to discourage; to depress
disleveled
untidy
disinter
to uncover; to dig up
disinterested
impartial; not prejudiced
dismal
gloomy; depressing
dismantle
to take apart
dismember
to cut or pull off limbs
disparage
to belittle; to put down
disparity
inequality; difference
dispassionate
calm; impartial
dispel
to drive away
disperse
to scatter
disputatious
fond of arguing
disreputable
having a bad reputation
dissection
cutting apart; analysis
dissemble
to conceal; to pretend
disseminate
to scatter; to spread
dissension
disagreement; opposition
dissertation
a written essay
dissident
disagreeing
dissimulate
to hide one's feelings
dissipate
to waste; to scatter
dissociate
to break ties with; to part company
dissolute
immoral; unrestrained
dissonant
out of harmony
dissuade
to advise or urge against
distend
to expand; to swell; to stretch out
distort
to twist out of shape
distraught
troubled
dither (preceded by in a)
nervously excited or confused
diurnal
daily
divergent
varying; different
divers
several
diverse
different
divest
to deprive
divination
the act of foretelling the future
divulge
to reveal; to make known
docile
obedient; submissive
doddering
shaky; senile
doff
to throw off or away
doggedly
stubbornly
dogmatic
having a definiteopinion; authoritative
doldrums
low spirits
dole
to distribute; to give out sparingly
doleful
sorrowful
dolorous
mournful; sad
dolt
a dull, stupid person
domicile
home; residence
donnybrook
rough, rowdy fight
dormant
asleep; inactive
dorsal
pertaining to the back
dossier
a complete group of documents containing detailed information
dotage
feeblemindedness of old age
doughty
courageous; worthy
dour
gloomy
douse
to put out (a fire); to extinguish
dowdy
shabby; untidy
downtrodden
trampled on; suppressed
doyen
senior or eldest member
Draconian
severe; cruel
dregs
leftovers
drivel
childish nonsense; stupid talk
droll
amusing in an odd way
drone (three meanings)
a male bee; an idle person; to talk on and on monotonously
dross
waste matter
drudgery
hard, tiresome work
dual
consisting of two people, items, or parts
dubious
doubtful; questionable
ductile
capable of being molded or shaped
dudgeon
anger, resentment
dulcet
pleasing to the ear
dulcimer
a type of zither
dupe
to trck; to deceive
duplicity
deceit; double-dealing; dishonesty
duress
force
dutiful
obedient
dwindle
to shrink; to become smaller
dynamo
a powerful person
dyspesia
poor digestion
dysphasia
difficulty in speaking