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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