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dainty
delicate, sweet
daunt
to discourage, intimidate
dearth
lack, scarcity, insufficiency
debase
to degrade or lower in quality or stature
debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue or duty; indulge
debilitate
to weaken, enfeeble
debunk
to discredit, disprove
debutante
young woman making debut in high society
decapitate
to behead
decathlon
athletic contest with ten events
deciduous
losing leaves in the fall; short-lived, temporary
declivity
downward slope
decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
decorum
proper behavior, etiquette
decry
to belittle, openly condemn
deface
to mar the appearance of, vandalize
defamatory
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
defendant
person required to answer a legal action or suit
deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
defile
to dirty, spoil; to disgrace, dishonor
definitive
clear-cut, explicit or decisive
deflation
decrease, depreciation
deform
to disfigure, distort
deft
skillful, dexterous
defunct
no longer existing, dead, extinct
delectable
appetizing, delicious
delegate
to give powers to another
deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
delineation
depiction, representation
delta
tidal deposit at the mouth of a river
deluge
flood
deluge (v)
to submerge, overwhelm
demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser, usually using appeals to emotion or prejudice
demarcation
borderline; act of defining or marking a boundary or distinction
demean
to degrade, humiliate, humble
demographics
data relating to study of human population
demote
to reduce to a lower grade or rank
demotion
lowering in rank or grade
demur
to express doubts or objections
demystify
to remove mystery from, clarify
denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
denounce
to accuse, blame
denude
to make bare, uncover, undress
denunciation
public condemnation
depict
to describe, represent
deplete
to use up, exhaust
deplore
to express or feel disapproval of; regret strongly
deploy
to spread out strategically over an area
depose
to remove from a high position, as from a throne
depravity
sinfulness, moral corruption
deprecate
to belittle, disparage
depreciate
to lose value gradually
deride
to mock, ridicule, make fun of
derivative
copied or adapted; not original
derive
to originate; take from a certain source
derogate
to belittle, disparage
desecrate
to abuse something sacred
desiccate
to dry completely; dehydrate
desist
to stop doing something
despondent
feeling discouraged and dejected
despot
tyrannical ruler
destitute
very poor, poverty-striken
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
deter
to discourage; prevent from happening
determinate
having defined limits; conclusive
detrimental
causing harm or injury
deviate
to stray, wander
deviation
departure, exception, anomaly
devoid
totally lacking
devout
deeply religious
dexterous
skilled physically or mentally
diabolical
fiendish; wicked
dialect
regional style of speaking
diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate
diatribe
bitter verbal attack
dichotomy
division into two parts
dictum
authoritative statement; popular saying
didactic
excessively instructive
differentiate
to distinguish between two items
diffidence
shyness, lack of confidence
diffract
to cause to separate into parts, especially light
diffuse
widely spread out
digress
to turn aside; to stray from the main point
dilapidated
in disrepair, run down, neglected
dilate
to enlarge, swell, extend
dilatory
slow, tending to delay
diluvial
relating to a flood
diminutive
small
diplomacy
discretion, tact
dirge
funeral hymn
disaffected
discontented and disloyal
disarray
clutter, disorder
disband
to break up
disbar
to expel from legal profession
disburse
to pay out
discern
to perceive something obscure
disclaim
to deny, disavow
disclose
to confess, divulge
disconcerting
bewildering, perplexing, slightly disturbing
discordant
harsh-sounding, badly out of tune
discredit
to dishonor or disgrace
discredited
disbelieved, discounted; disgraced, dishonored
discrepancy
difference between
discretionary
subject to one's own judgment
discursive
wandering from topic to topic
disdain
to regard with scorn and contempt
disdainful
contemptuous, scornful
disengaged
disconnected, disassociated
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
disheveled
untidy, disarranged, unkempt
disinclined
averse, unwilling, lacking desire
disparage
to belittle, speak disrespectfully about
disparate
dissimilar, different in kind
disparity
contrast, dissimilarity
dispassionate
free from emotion; impartial, unbiased
dispel
to drive out or scatter
dispense
to distribute, administer
dispense with
to suspend the operation of, do without
disperse
to break up, scatter
dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
disrepute
disgrace, dishonor
dissemble
to pretend, disguise one's motives
disseminate
to spread far and wide
dissension
difference of opinion
dissipate
to scatter; to pursue pleasure to excess
dissociate
to separate; remove from an association
dissonant
harsh and unpleasant sounding
dissuade
to persuade someone to alter original intentions
distend
to swell, inflate, bloat
distraught
very worried and distressed
distrust
disbelief and suspicion
dither
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose
diurnal
daily
divine (v)
to foretell or know by inspiration
divisive
creating disunity or conflict
docile
tame, willing to be taught
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
dogmatic
rigiedly fixed in opinion, opinionated
doleful
sad, mournful
dolt
idiot, dimwit, foolish person
domineer (v)
to rule over something in a tyrannical way
donor
benefactor, contributor
dormant
at rest, inactive, in suspended animation
dotard
senile old person
doting
excessively fond, loving to excess
dour
sullen and gloomy; stern and severe
dowry
money or property given by a bride to her husband
draft (v)
to plan, outline; to recruit, conscript
drivel
stupid talk, slobber
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
dross
waste produced during metal smelting; garbage
dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
dupe (v)
to deceive, trick
dupe (n)
fool, pawn
duplicity
deception, dishonesty, double-dealing
durability
strength, sturdiness
duration
period of time that something lasts
duress
threat of force or intimidation; imprisonment
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable