Barron's SAT I: The 3,500 Basic Word List - #14 (derogatory-disgruntle)

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derogatory

adj. expressing a low opinion

descant

v., n. discuss fully

descry

v. catch sight of

desecrate

v. profane; violate the sanctity of

desiccate

v. dry up

desolate

adj. unpopulated

desolate

v. rob of joy; lay waste to; forsake

despise

v. look on with scorn; regard as worthless or distasteful

despoil

v. plunder

despondent

adj. depressed; gloomy

despot

n. tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler

destitute

adj. extremely poor

desultory

adj. aimless; haphazard; digressing at random

detached

adj. emotionally removed; calm and objective; physically unconnected

detergent

n. cleansing agent

determination

n. resolve; measurement or calculation; decision

deterrent

n. something that discourages; hindrance

detonation

n. explosion

detraction

n. slandering; aspersion

detrimental

adj. harmful; damaging

deviate

v. turn away from (a principle, norm); depart; diverge

devious

adj. roundabout; erratic; not straightforward

devise

v. think up; invent; plan

devoid

adj. lacking

devotee

n. enthusiastic follower

devout

adj. pious

dexterous

adj. skillful

diabolical

adj. devilish

diagnosis

n. art of identifying a disease; analysis of a condition

dialectical

adj. relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal

diaphanous

adj. sheer; transparent

diatribe

n. bitter scolding; invective

dichotomy

n. split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)

dictum

n. authoritative and weighty statement; saying; maxim

didactic

adj. teaching; instructional

diffidence

n. shyness

diffuse

adj. wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)

digression

n. wandering away from the subject

dilapidated

adj. ruined because of neglect

dilate

v. expand

dilatory

adj. delaying

dilemma

n. problem; choice of two unsatisfactory alternatives

dilettante

n. aimless follower of the arts; amateur; dabbler

diligence

n. steadiness of effort; persistent hard work

dilute

v. make less concentrated; reduce in strength

diminution

n. lessening; reduction in size

din

n., v. continued loud noise

dinghy

n. small ship's boat

dingy

adj. dull; not fresh; cheerless

dint

n. means; effort

diorama

n. life-size three-dimensional scene from nature or history

dire

adj. disastrous

dirge

n. lament with music

disabuse

v. correct a false impression; undeceive

disaffected

adj. disloyal

disapprobation

n. disapproval; condemnation

disarray

n. a disorderly or untidy state

disavowal

n. denial; disclaiming

disband

v. dissolve; disperse

disburse

v. pay out

discernible

adj. distinguishable; perceivable

discerning

adj. mentally quick and observant; having insight

disclaim

v. disown; renounce claim to

disclose

v. reveal

discombobulated

adj. confused; discomposed

discomfit

v. put to rout; defeat; disconcert

disconcert

v. confuse; upset; embarrass

disconsolate

adj. sad

discord

n. conflict; lack of harmony

discordant

adj. not harmonious; conflicting

discount

v. disregard

discourse

n., v. formal discussion; conversation

discredit

v. defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve

discrepancy

n. lack of consistency; difference

discrete

adj. separate; unconnected

discretion

n. prudence; ability to adjust actions to circumstances

discriminating

adj. able to see differences; prejudiced

discursive

adj. digressing; rambling

disdain

v., n. view with scorn or contempt

disembark

v. go ashore; unload cargo from a ship

disenfranchise

v. deprive of a civil right

disengage

v. uncouple; separate; disconnect

disfigure

v. mar in beauty; spoil

disgorge

v. surrender something; eject; vomit

disgruntle

v. make discontented

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