Barron's word list 13

76 terms by eruditee

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deciduous

falling off, as of leaves

decimate

kill, usually one out of ten

decipher

decode

declivity

downward slope

décolleté

having a low-cut neckline

decomposition

decay

decorum

propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners

decoy

lure or bait

decrepitude

state of collapse caused by illness or old age

decry

express strong disapproval of; disparage

deducible

derived by reasoning

deface

mar; disfigure

defame

harm someone's reputation; malign; slander

default

failure to act

defeatist

resigned to defeat; accepting defeat as a natural outcome

defection

desertion

defer

delay till later; exemp temporarily

defer

give in respectfully; submit

deference

courteous regard for another's wish

defiance

refusal to yield; resistance

defile

pollute; profane

definitive

most reliable or complete

deflect

turn aside

defoliate

destroy leaves

defray

provide for the payment of

defrock

to strip a priest or minister of church authority

deft

neat; skillful

defunct

dead; no longer in use or existence

degenerate

become worse; deteriorate

degradation

humiliation; debasement; degeneration

dehydrate

remove water from; dry out

deify

turn into a god; idolize

deign

condescend; stoop

delete

erase; strike out

deleterious

harmful

deliberate

consider; ponder

delineate

portray; depict; sketch

delirium

mental disorder marked by confusion

delta

flat plain of much or sand between branshes of a river

delude

deceive

deluge

flood; rush

delusion

false belief; hallucination

delusive

decpetive; raising vain hopes

delve

dig; investigate

demagogue

person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader

demean

degrade; humiliate

demeanor

behavior; bearing

demented

insane

demise

death

demographic

related to population balance

demolition

detruction

demoniac

fiendish

demotic

pertaining to the people

demur

objection; protest

demur

object (because of doubts, scruples); hesitate

demure

grave; serious; coy

denigrate

blacken

denizen

inhabitant or resident; regular visitor

denotation

meaning; distinguishing by name

denouement

outcome; final development of the plot of a play or other literary work

denounce

condemn; criticize

depict

portray

deplete

reduce; exhaust

deplore

regret

deploy

spread out [troops] in an extended though shallow battle line

depose

dethrone; remove from office

deposition

testimony under oath

depravity

extreme corruption; wickedness

deprecate

express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

depreciate

lessen in value

depredation

plundering

derange

make insane; disarrange

derelict

abandoned; negligent

deride

ridicule; make fun of

derivative

unoriginal; obtained from another source

dermatologist

one who studies the skin and its diseases

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