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  • daunting (adj.)—intimidating, causing one to lose courage
  • dearth (n.)—a lack, scarcity
  • debacle (n.)—a disastrous failure, disruption
  • debase (v.)—to lower the quality or esteem of something
  • debauch (v.)—to corrupt by means of sensual pleasures
  • debunk (v.)—to expose the falseness of something
  • decorous (adj.)—socially proper, appropriate
  • decry (v.)—to criticize openly in an effort to devalue
  • deface (v.)—to ruin or injure something’s appearance
  • defamatory (adj.)—harmful toward another’s reputation
  • defer (v.)—to postpone something; to yield to another’s wisdom
  • deferential (adj.)—showing respect for another’s authority
  • defile (v.)—to make unclean, impure
  • defunct (adj.)—no longer used or existing
  • delegate (v.)—to hand over responsibility for something
  • deleterious (adj.)—harmful
  • deliberate (adj.)—intentional, reflecting careful consideration
  • delineate (v.)—to describe, outline, shed light on
  • demarcation (n.)—the marking of boundaries or categories
  • demean (v.)—to lower the status or stature of something
  • demure (adj.)—quiet, modest, reserved
  • denigrate (v.)—to belittle, diminish the opinion of
  • denounce (v.)—to criticize publicly
  • deplore (v.)—to feel or express sorrow, disapproval
  • depravity (n.)—wickedness
  • deprecate (v.)—to belittle, depreciate
  • derelict (adj.)—abandoned, run-down
  • deride (v.)—to laugh at mockingly, scorn
  • derivative (adj.)—taken directly from a source, unoriginal
  • desecrate (v.)—to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
  • desiccated (adj.)—dried up
  • dehydrateddesolate (adj.)—deserted, dreary, lifeless
  • desolate (adj.)—deserted, dreary, lifeless
  • despondent (adj.)—feeling depressed, discouraged, hopeless
  • despot (n.)—one who has total power and rules brutally
  • destitute (adj.)—impoverished, utterly lacking
  • deter (v.)—to discourage, prevent from doing
  • devious (adj.)—not straightforward, deceitful
  • dialect (n.)—a variation of a language
  • diaphanous (adj.)—light, airy, transparent
  • didactic a. (adj.)—intended to instruct; b. (adj.)—overly moralistic
  • diffident (adj.)—shy, quiet, modest
  • diffuse a. (v.)—to scatter, thin out, break up; b. (adj.)—not concentrated, scattered or
  • disorganized
  • dilatory (adj.)—tending to delay, causing delay
  • diligent (adj.)—showing care in doing one’s work
  • diminutive (adj.)—small or miniature
  • disaffected (adj.)—rebellious, resentful of authority
  • disavow (v.)—to deny knowledge of or responsibility for
  • discern (v.)—to perceive, detect
  • disclose (v.)—to reveal, make public
  • discomfit (v.)—to thwart, baffle
  • discordant (adj.)—not agreeing, not in harmony with
  • discrepancy (n.)—difference, failure of things to correspond
  • discretion (n.)—the quality of being reserved in speech or action; good judgment
  • discursive (adj.)—rambling, lacking order
  • disdain a. (v.)—to scorn, hold in low esteem; b. (n.)—scorn, low esteem
  • disgruntled (adj.)—upset, not content
  • disheartened (adj.)—feeling a loss of spirit or morale
  • disparage (v.)—to criticize or speak ill of
  • disparate (adj.)—sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements
  • dispatch (v.)—to send off to accomplish a duty
  • dispel (v.)—to drive away, scatter
  • disperse (v.)—to scatter, cause to scatter
  • dissemble (v.)—to conceal, fake
  • disseminate (v.)—to spread widely
  • dissent a. (v.)—to disagree; b. (n.)—the act of disagreeing
  • dissipate a. (v.)—to disappear, cause to disappear; b. (v.)—to waste
  • dissonance (n.)—lack of harmony or consistency
  • dissuade (v.)—to persuade someone not to do something
  • dither (v.)—to be indecisive
  • divine (adj.)—godly, exceedingly wonderful
  • divisive (adj.)—causing dissent, discord
  • divulge (v.)—to reveal something secret
  • docile (adj.)—easily taught or trained
  • dormant (adj.)—asleep or temporarily inactive
  • dubious (adj.)—doubtful, of uncertain quality
  • duress (n.)—hardship, threat
  • dynamic (adj.)—actively changing; powerful





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