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curt

abruptly and rudely short

curtail

to lessen, reduce

daunting

intimidating, causing one to lose courage

dearth

a lack, scarcity

debacle

a disastrous failure, disruption

debase

to lower the quality or esteem of something

debauch

to corrupt by means of sensual pleasures

debunk

to expose the falseness of something

decorous

socially proper, appropriate

decry

to criticize openly

deface

to ruin or injure something's appearance

defamatory

harmful toward another's reputation

defer

to postpone something; to yield to another's wisdom

deferential

showing respect for another's authority

defile

to make unclean, impure

deft

skillful, capable

defunct

no longer used or existing

delegate

to hand over responsibility for something

deleterious

harmful

deliberate

intentional, reflecting careful consideration

delineate

to describe, outline, shed light on

demagogue

a leader who appeals to a people's prejudices

demarcation

the marking of boundaries or categories

demean

to lower the status or stature of something

demure

quiet, modest, reserved

denigrate

to belittle, diminish the opinion of

denounce

to criticize publicly

deplore

to feel or express sorrow, disapproval

depravity

wickedness

deprecate

to belittle, depreciate

derelict

abandoned, run-down

deride

to laugh at mockingly, scorn

derivative

taken directly from a source, unoriginal

desecrate

to violate the sacredness of a thing or place

desiccated

dried up, dehydrated

desolate

deserted, dreary, lifeless

despondent

feeling expressed, discouraged, hopeless

despot

one who has total power and rules brutally

destitute

impoverished, utterly lacking

deter

to discourage, prevent from doing

devious

not straightforward, deceitful

dialect

a variation of a language

diaphanous

light, airy, transparent

didactic

1 intended to instruct 2 overly moralistic

diffident

shy, quiet, modest

diffuse

1 to scatter, thin out, break up 2 not concentrated, scattered, disorganized

dilatory

tending to delay, causing delay

diligent

showing care in doing one's work

diminutive

small or miniature

dirge

a mournful song, especially for a funeral

disaffected

rebellious, resentful of authority

disavow

to deny knowledge of responsibility for

discern

to perceive, detect

disclose

to reveal, make public

discomfit

to thwart, baffle

discordant

not agreeing, not in harmony with

discrepancy

difference, failure of things to correspond

discretion

the quality of being reserved in speech or action; good judgment

discursive

rambling, lacking order

disdain

1 to scorn, hold in low esteem 2 scorn, low esteem

disgruntled

upset, not content

disheartened

feeling a loss of spirit or morale

disparage

to criticize or speak ill of

disparate

sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements

dispatch

to send off to accomplish a duty

dispel

to drive away, scatter

disperse

to scatter, cause to scatter

disrepute

a state of being held in low regard

dissemble

to conceal, fake

disseminate

to spread widely

dissent

1 to disagree 2 the act of disagreeing

dissipate

1 to disappear, cause to disappear 2 to waste

dissonance

lack of harmony or consistency

dissuade

to persuade someone not to do something

distend

to swell out

dither

to be indecisive

divine

godly, exceedingly wonderful

divisive

causing dissent, discord

divulge

to reveal something secret

docile

easily taught or trained

dogmatic

aggressively and arrogantly certain about unproved principles

dormant

sleeping, temporarily inactive

dour

stern, joyless

dubious

doubtful, of uncertain quality

duplicity

crafty dishonesty

duress

hardship, threat

dynamic

actively changing

ebullient

extremely lively, enthusiastic

eclectic

consisting of a diverse variety of elements

ecstatic

intensely and overpoweringly happy

edict

an order, decree

efface

to wipe out, obliterate, rub away

effervescent

bubbly, lively

efficacious

effective

effrontery

impudence, nerve, insolence

effulgent

radiant, splendorous

egregious

extremely bad

elaborate

complex, detailed, intricate

elated

overjoyed, thrilled

elegy

a speech given in honor of a dead person

abase

to humiliate, degrade

abate

to reduce, lessen

abdicate

to give up a position, usually one of leadership

abduct

to kidnap, take by force

aberration

something that differs from the norm

abet

to aid, help, encourage

abhor

to hate, detest

abide

to put up with; to remain

abject

wretched, pitiful

abjure

to reject, renounce

abnegation

denial of comfort to oneself

abort

to give up on a half-finished project or effort

abridge

to cut down, shorten; shortened

abrogate

to abolish, usually by authority

abscond

to sneak away and hide

absolution

freedom from blame, guilt, sin

abstain

to freely choose not to commit an action

abstruse

hard to comprehend

accede

to agree

accentuate

to stress, highlight

accessible

obtainable, reachable

acclaim

high praise

accolade

high praise, special distinction

accommodating

helpful, obliging, polite

accord

an agreement

accost

to confront verbally

accretion

slow growth in size or amount

acerbic

biting, bitter in tone or taste

acquiesce

to agree without protesting

acrimony

bitterness, discord

acumen

keen insight

acute

sharp, severe; having keen insight

adamant

impervious, immovable, unyielding

adept

extremely skilled

adhere

to stick to something; to follow devoutly

admonish

to caution, criticize, reprove

adorn

to decorate

adroit

skillful, dexterous

adulation

extreme praise

adumbrate

to sketch out in a vague way

adverse

antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous

advocate

to argue in favor of something; a person who argues in favor of something

aerial

somehow related to the air

aesthetic

artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty

affable

friendly, amiable

affinity

a spontaneous feeling of closeness

affluent

rich, wealthy

affront

an insult

aggrandize

to increase or make greater

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