How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

38 terms

WS 9

STUDY
PLAY
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