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daunting
v. scary in size or difficulty
dearth
absence, lack
debacle
n. embarrassing episode
debase
to degrade
debauch
v. to cause to turn from honor to vice
debunk
v. prove as false
decorous
possessing stately dignity
decry
v. condemn
deface
to spoil the surface or appearance of something, especially by writing on it or breaking it
defamatory
adj. insulting, libellous
defer
v. put off an action until later
deferential
respecting authority
defile
v. make filthy
deft
adj. skillful
defunct
adj. no longer working
delegate
a person who is given-bequeathed the right or power
deleterious
hurtful, harmful
deliberate
v. work towards a conclusion using argument
delineate
outline
demagogue
an orator or politician that gains power by rousing people's emotions
demarcation
the marking of boundaries or categories
demean
v. cause a loss of dignity
demure
adj. shy
denigrate
insult, speak ill of, disparage, belittle
denounce
openly criticize
deplore
v. find hateful; abhor
depravity
corruption, low moral standards, degeneracy
deprecate
to belittle, express disapproval of, to urge reasons against
deride
v. mock
derelict
adj. abandoned; discarded
derivative
unoriginal
desecrate
treat in a sacrilegious manner
desiccated
adj. dried out
Desolate
Uninhabited or deserted; dreary or gloomy.
despondent
disheartened, dejected (d...)
despot
excessively harsh ruler
deter
v. prevent through persuasion
devious
cunning, sneaky
dialect
n. manner of speaking associated with a specific region
diaphanous
adj. translucent, delicate
Didactic
instructive
diffidence
n. state of not caring
fuse
v. physically join together
diffuse
adj. widespread
dilatory
irresponsibly procrastinating
diligent
hard-working
diminutive
adj. small
dirge
n. funeral song
disavow
v. claim not to have knowledge of
discern
recognize as distinct or different
disclose
v. reveal
discomfit
confuse
discordant
inharmonious
discrepancy
n. a lack of similarity
discursive
passing from one subject to another
disdain
despise or scorn
disgruntled
adj. annoyed
disheartened
adj. having lost enthusiasm
disparage
speak of slightingly, to lower in rank or reputation
disparate
adj. coming from different sources
dispatch
v. send off
dispel
drive away, scatter
disperse
v. scatter
disrepute
n. state of not being reputable
dissemble
disguise
disseminate
distribute or scatter
dissent
sentiment or philosophy of disagreement
dissipate
reduce to nothingness
dissonance
a harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds
dissuade
persuade someone against a course of action
distend
become disproportionately stretched
dither
v. hesitate
divine
adj. godly
divisive
adj. apt to divide things
divulge
v. reveal, let slip
docile
adj. meek, easily controlled
dogmatic
stubbornly sticking to opinions
dormant
adj. lying asleep
dour
adj. stern, joyless
dubious
doubtful
duplicity
n. two-facedness
duress
n. state of unwillingness
dynamic
adj. characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.