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Derogatory

disapproving; degrading

Desiccate

to dry out

Despondent

extremely depressed; full of despair

Despot

an absolute ruler; an autocrat

Destitute

extremely poor; utterly lacking

Desultory

without a plan or purpose; disconnected; random

Dextrous

skillful; adroit

Dialectical

relating to discussions; relating to the rules and methods of reasoning; approaching truth in the middle of opposing extremes

Dictum

an authoritative saying; an adage; a maxim; a proverb

Didactic

intended to teach; morally instructive; pedantic

Diffident

timid; lacking in self-confidence

Digress

to stray from the main subject

Dilettante

someone with superficial knowledge of the arts; an amateur; a dabbler

Discern

to have insight; to see things clearly; to discriminate; to differentiate

Discreet

prudent; judiciously reserved

Discrete

unconnected; separate; distinct

Discriminate

to notice or point out the difference between two or more things; to discern; to differentiate

Disdain

arrogant scorn; contempt

Disinterested

not taking sides; unbiased

Disparage

to belittle; to say uncomplimentary things about, usually in a somewhat indirect way

Disparate

different; incompatible; unequal

Disseminate

to spread the seeds of something; to scatter; to make widely known

Dissipate

to thin out, drift away, or dissolve; to cause to thing out, drift away, or dissolve; to waste or squander

Dissolution

the breaking up or dissolving of something into parts; disintegration

Distinguish

to tell apart; to cause to stand out

Docile

easily taught; obedient; easy to handle

Doctrinaire

inflexibly committed to a doctrine or theory without regard to its practicality; dogmatic

Dogmatic

arrogantly assertive of unproven ideas; stubbornly claiming that something is beyond dispute (usu belief system)

Domestic

having to do with the household or family; not foreign

Dormant

inactive; as though asleep; asleep

Dubious

full of doubt; uncertain

Duplicity

the act of being two-faced; double-dealing; deception

-di/dia

apart, through

-dic/dict/dit

to say, to tell, to use words

-dign

worth

-dis/dif

away from, apart, reversal, not

-dog/dox

opinion

-dub

doubt

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