Barrons' List 15 (15/50)
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V. discourage. His failure to pass the bar exam disheartened him.
ADJ. untidy. Your disheveled appearance will hurt your chances in this interview.
N. unwillingness. Some mornings I feel a great disinclination to get out of bed.
ADJ. lacking genuine candor; insincere. Now that we know that the mayor and his wife are engaged in a bitter divorce fight, we find their earlier remarks regretting their lack of time together remarkably disingenuous.
V. dig up; unearth. They disinterred the body and held an autopsy.
ADJ. unprejudiced. Given the judge's political ambitions and the lawyers' financial interest in the case, the only disinterested person in the courtroom may have been the court reporter.
ADJ. lacking coherence; separated at the joints. Unable to think of anything to say about the assigned topic, the unprepared student scribbled a few disjointed sentences on his answer sheet.
N. act or state of separation; disunity. Believing the mind could greatly affect the body's health, the holistic doctor rejected the notion of a necessary disjunction of mind and body.
V. remove (forcibly). Thrusting her fist up under the choking man's lower ribs, Margaret used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food caught in his throat.
V. take apart. When the show closed, they dismantled the scenery before storing it.
V. cut into small parts. When the Austrian empire was dismembered, several new countries were established.
V. eliminate from consideration; reject. Believing in John's love for her, she dismissed the notion that he might be unfaithful. (secondary meaning)
V. belittle. A doting mother, Emma was more likely to praise her son's crude attempts at art than to disparage them.
ADJ. basically different; unrelated. Unfortunately Tony and Tina have disparate notions of marriage Tony sees it as a carefree extended love affair, while Tina sees it as a solemn commitment to build a family and a home.
N. difference; condition of inequality. Their disparity in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.
ADJ. calm; impartial. Known in the company for his cool judgment, Bill could impartially examine the causes of a problem, giving a dispassionate analysis of what had gone wrong, and go on to suggest how to suggest how to correct the mess.
N. speediness; prompt execution; message sent with all due speed. Young Napoleon defeated the enemy with all possible dispatch; he then sent a dispatch to headquarters, informing his commander of the great victory. also V.
V. scatter; drive away; cause to vanish. The bright sunlight eventually dispelled the morning mist.
V. scatter. The police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protesters. dispersion, N.
ADJ. lacking in spirit. The ceach used all the tricks at his command to buoy up the enthusiasm of his team, which had become dispirited at the loss of the star player.
V. amuse. The popularity of Florida as a winter resort is constantly increasing; each year, thousands more disport themselves at Miami and Palm Beach.
ADJ. argumentative; fond of arguing. Convinced he knew more than his lawyers, Tony was a disputatious client, read to argue about the best way to conduct the case.
N. uneasiness; anxiety. When Holmes had been gone for a day, Watson felt only a slight sense of disquietude, but after a week with in word, Watson's uneasiness about his missing friend had grown into a deep fear for Holmes's safety. disquiet, V, N.
N. a formal systematic inquiry; an explanation of the results of a formal inquiry. In his disquisition, he outlined the steps he had taken in reaching his conclusions.
N. disguise; pretend. Even though John tried to dissemble his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew he was there not to dance but to meet girls.
V. distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds). By their use of the Internet, propagandists have been able to disseminate their pet doctrines to new audiences around the globe.
V. disagree. In the recent Supreme Court decision, Justice O Connor dissented from the majority opinion, also N.
N. formal essay. In order to earn a graduate degree from many of our universities, a candidate is frequently required to prepare a dissertation on some scholarly subject.
ADJ. dissenting; rebellious. In the purge that followed the student demonstrations at Tianamen Square, the government hunted down the dissident students and their supporters. also N.
V. pretend; conceal by feigning. Although the governor tried to dissimulate his feelings about the opposing candidate, we all knew he despised his rival.
squander; waste; scatter. He is a fine artist, but fear he may dissipate his gifts if he keeps wasting his time playing Trivial Pursuit.
N. disintegration; looseness in morals. The profligacy and dissolution of life in Caligula's Rome appall some historians. dissolute, ADJ.
N. discord; opposite of harmony. Composer Charles lves often used dissonance-clashing or unresolved chords-for special effects in his musical works. dissonant, ADJ.
V. persuade not to do; discourage. Since Tom could not dissuade Huck from running away from home, he decided to run away with his friend. dissuasion, N.
ADJ. reserved or aloof; cold in manner. Her distant greeting made me feel unwelcome from the start. (secondary meaning)
V. expand; swell out. I can tell when he is under stress by the way the veins distend on his forehead.
V. purify; refine; concentrate. A moonshiner distills mash into whiskey; an epigrammatist distills thoughts into quips.
N. honor; contrast; discrimination. A holder of the medal of Honor, George served with great distinction in World War ll. He made a distinction, however between World War ll and Vietnam, which he considered an immoral conflict.
V. twist out of shape. It is difficult to believe the newspaper accounts of the riots because of the way some reporters distort and exaggerate the actual events. distortion, N.
ADJ. inattentive; distracted, often by anxiety. Jane was so caught up in her wedding plans that her family and friends considered her absent-minded, distrait, aloof and generally useless.
ADJ. upset; distracted by anxiety. The distraught parents frantically searched the ravine for their lost child.
ADJ. daily. A farmer cannot neglect his diurnal tasks at any time; cows, for example, must be milked regularly.
N. operatic singer; prima donna. Although world famous as a diva, she did not indulge in fits of temperament.
V. vary; go in different directions from the same point. The spoken of the wheel diverge from the hub.
ADJ. differing; deviating. Since graduating from medical school, the one going on to become a nationally prominent surgeon, the other dedicating himself to a small family practice in his hometown. divergence, N.
ADJ. differing in some characteristics; various. The professor suggested diverse ways of approaching the assignment and recommended that we choose one of them.
N. act of turning aside; pastime. After studying for several hours, he needed a diversion from work divert, V.
N. variety; dissimilitude. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)
V. strip; deprive. He was divested of his power to act and could no longer govern. divestiture, N.
V. perceive intuitively; foresee the future. Nothing infuriated Tom more than Aunt Polly's ability to divine when he was not telling the truth.
V. reveal. No lover of gossip, Charlotte would never divulge anything that a friend told her in confidence.
ADJ. obedient; easily managed. As docile as he seems today, that old lion was once a ferocious, snarling beast. docility, N.
N. program as for trial; book where such entries are made. The case of Smith v. Jones was entered in the docket for July 15 also v.
ADJ. unable to compromise about points of
N. teaching in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc.) taught. he was so committed to the doctrines of his faith that he was unable to evaluate them impartially.
V. provide written evidence. She kept all the receipts from her business trip in order to document her expenses for the firm. also N.
ADJ. shaky; infirm from old age. Lear's cruel daughters treat him as a doddering old fool, too aged and infirm to be taken seriously.
V. take off. A gentleman used to doff his hat to a lady.
ADJ. determined; stubborn. Les Miserables tells of inspector Javert's long, dogged pursuit of the criminal jean Valjean.
N. poor verso. Although we find occasional snatches of genuine poetry in her work, most of her writing is mere doggerel.
ADJ. opinionated ;arbitrary; doctrinal, We tried to discourage Doug from being so dogmatic, but never could convince him that his opinions might wrong.
N. blues; listlessness; slack period. Once the excitement of meeting her deadline over. She found herself in the doldrums.
ADJ. Mournful causing sadness. Eeyore, the lugubrious donkey immortalized by A. A. Milne, looked at his cheerful friend Tigger and sighed a doleful sigh.
ADJ. sorrowful .The conflict between Lancelot's love for Guinevere and his loyalty to king Arthur led to Arthur's "dolorous death and his loyalty to king Arthur led to Arthur's dolorous death and departing out of this world."
N. stupid person; The heroes of Dumb and Dumber are, as the title suggests, a classic pair of dolts.
N. home. Although his legal domicile was in New York City, kept him away from his residence for mane years also v.
V. rule over tyrannically. Students prefer teachers who guide, not ones who domineer.
V. put on. When Clark Kent had to don his superman outfit, he changed clothes in a convenient phone booth. dormant
ADJ. sleeping; lethargic; latent. At fifty her long-dormant ambition to write flared up once more; within a year she had completed the first of her great historical novels. dormancy, N.
N. window projecting from roof. In remodeling the attic into a bedroom, we decided that we needed to put in dormers to provide sufficient ventilation for the new room.
ADJ. relating to the back of an animal. A shark may be identified by its dorsal fin, which projects above the surface of the ocean.
N. file of documents on a subject. Ordered by J. Edgar Hoover to investigate the senator, the FBI compiled a complete dossier on him.
N. senility. In his dotage, the old man bored us with long tales of events in his childhood.
V. be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline. Not only grandmothers bore you with stories about their brilliant grandchildren; grandfathers dote on the little rascals, too.
ADJ. sullen; stubborn. The man was dour and taciturn.
V. plunge into water; drench; extinguish. They doused each other with hoses and water balloons.
ADJ. slovenly; untidy. She tried to change her dowdy image by buying a fashionable new wardrobe.
ADJ. disheartened; sad. Cheerful and optimistic by nature, Beth was never downcast despite the difficulties she faced.
ADJ. dull; lacking color; cheerless. The Dutch woman's drab winter coat contrasted with the distinctive, colorful native costume she wore beneath it.
ADJ. extremely severe. When the principal canceled the senior prom because some seniors had been late to school that week, we thought the draconian punishment was far too harsh for such a minor violation of the rules.
N. sediment; worthless residue. David poured the wine carefully to avoid stirring up the dregs.
nonsense; foolishness. Why do I have to spend my days listening to such idiotic drivel? Drivel is related to dribble; think of a dribbling, driveling idiot.
ADJ. queer and amusing. He was a popular guest because his droll anecdotes were always entertaining.
N. idle person; male bee. Content to let his wife support him, the would-be writer was in reality nothing but a drone.
V. talk dully; buzz or murmur like a bee. On a gorgeous day, who wants to be stuck in a classroom listening to the teacher drone?
N. waste matter; worthless impurities. Many methods have been devised to separate the valuable metal from the dross.
N. menial work. Cinderella's fairy godmother rescued her from a life of drudgery.
ADJ. questionable; filled with doubt. Some critics of she GRE contend the test is of dubious worth. Tony claimed he could get a perfect score on the test, but Tina was dubious; she knew he hadn't cracked a book in three years. dubiety, N.
ADJ. malleable; flexible; pliable. Copper is an extremely ductile material you can stretch it into the thinnest of wires, bend it, even wind it into loops. ductility, N.
ADJ. sweet sounding. The dulcet sounds of the birds at down were soon drowned out by the roar of traffic passing our motel.
V. astonish. Egbert's perfect score on the GRE dumbfounded his classmates, who had always considered him to be utterly dumb.
N. someone easily fooled. While the gullible Watson often was made a dupe by unscrupulous parties, Sherlock Holmes was far more difficult to fool.
N. double-dealing; hypocrisy. when Tanya learned that Mark had been two-timing her, she was furious at his duplicity. duplicitous, ADJ.