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despoil
plunder; sack; Ex. despoil the village
despondent
without hope and courage; depressed; gloomy; N. despondency: loss of hope with gloom; dejection
despot
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism
desuetude
state of disuse
despoil
plunder; sack; Ex. despoil the village
despondent
without hope and courage; depressed; gloomy; N. despondency: loss of hope with gloom; dejection
despot
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism
detraction
slandering; aspersion; detracting; CF. detractor
devious
roundabout; erratic; deviating from the straight course; not straightforward; not completely honest; Ex. devious route
devolve
deputize; pass or be passed to others (power, work, or property); Ex. devolve on/upon/to
diabolical
diabolic; devilish; fiendish
diadem
crown
dialectical
relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal; Ex. dialectical situation; N. dialectic: art of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments
dictum
authoritative and weighty statement (made by a judge in court); saying; maxim; CF. obiter dictum: incidental, nonbinding remark (something said in passing)
didactic
(of speech or writing) intended to teach a moral lesson; teaching; instructional; N. didacticism
diffidence
shyness; lack of self-confidence; timidity; ADJ. diffident
dilatory
delaying; tending to delay
dilettante
aimless follower of an art or a field of knowledge (not taking it seriously); amateur; dabbler; CF. delight
dinghy
small boat (often ship's boat)
dingy
(of things and place) dirty and dull; Ex. dingy street/curtain
dint
means; effort; Ex. by dint of hard work
disburse
pay out (as from a fund); N. disbursement; CF. purse
discernible
distinguishable; perceivable; Ex. discernible improvement
discombobulated
discomposed; confused
discomfit
frustrate; put to rout; defeat; disconcert; embarrass; perturb
discourse
serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.
discredit
defame; disgrace; destroy confidence in; disbelieve; N. CF. discreditable: causing discredit; shameful
discretion
prudence; ability to adjust actions to circumstances; freedom of action or judgment; ADJ. discreet; CF. discretionary
discursive
(of a person or writing) digressing; rambling (without any clear plan)
disdain
treat with scorn or contempt
disembark
debark; go ashore (from a ship); unload cargo from a ship; CF. embark
disgruntle
make discontented
disinter
dig up; unearth; OP. inter
disinterested
unprejudiced; free from bias and self-interest; objective
dispassionate
calm; impartial; not influenced by personal feelings
dispel
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
disquietude
uneasiness; anxiety; V. disquiet: make anxious
dissemble
disguise; hide the real nature of; pretend
dissent
disagree
dissident
dissenting (with an opinion, a group, or a government); rebellious; N.
dissimulate
pretend; conceal by feigning; dissemble
distrait
absentminded; distracted
distraught
upset; distracted by anxiety; very anxious and troubled almost to the point of madness; Ex. distraught with grief/worry
divine
perceive intuitively (by or as if by magic); foresee the future; foretell; dowse; ADJ. N. divination
docile
obedient; easily managed; submissive
docket
program as for trial; book where such entries are made; list of things to be done; agenda; label fixed to a package listing contents or directions; V: describe in a docket
doctrinaire
unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding; marked by inflexible attachment to a doctrine without regard to its practical difficulties
doddering
shaky; infirm from old age; V. dodder
doff
take off; OP. don
doggerel
poor verse
doldrums
blues; listlessness(lack of spirit or energy); slack(inactive) period; period of stagnation; ocean area near the equator where ships cannot move because there is no wind; Ex. in the doldrums
dolorous
sorrowful; N. dolor
dolt
slow-thinking stupid person; CF. dull
domineer
rule over tyrannically
don
put on; OP. doff
dormer
window projecting upright from roof; CF. sleeping room
dossier
file of documents on a subject or person; file; CF. bundle of papers labeled on the back
dour
sullen; gloomy; stubborn
dowdy
untidy (of a woman or clothes); slovenly; dressed in an unattractive way; shabby; CF. unattractive woman
downcast
disheartened; dejected; sad; directed downward
drab
dull; lacking color; cheerless ; Ex. drab coat/life
dregs
sediment in a liquid; lees; worthless residue
drivel
nonsense; foolishness; V: talk nonsense
dribble
flow or fall in drops; let saliva flow out slowly from the mouth; move a ball; N.
droll
queer and amusing
drone
idle person who lives on other people's work; male bee; talk dully; buzz or murmur like a bee; N.
dross
waste matter; worthless impurities
drudgery
hard unpleasant work; menial work
dulcet
sweet sounding; pleasing to the ear; melodious