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GRE-4

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contumely
a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
decimate
kill in large numbers
defer
give in respectfully; submit; delay till later; exempt temporarily; N. deferment; CF. show respect, comply with, courteous
denigrate
to attack the reputation of; to speak ill of
derision
the act of deriding or treating with contempt; ridicule
demur
take exception to; object
desiccate
remove water from; dry up, drain
desultory
marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose, aimless, unmethodical
diaphanous
so thin as to transmit light; translucent
diatribe
thunderous verbal attack, speech full of bitterness
didactic
instructive (especially excessively)
diffidence
lack of self-confidence
dilatory
inclined to waste time and lag behind; procrastination
dilettance
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
din
a loud harsh or strident noise
disaffection
the feeling of being alienated from other people,lack of trust
disarming
act of reducing or depriving of arms
discursive
(of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
disingenuous
not straightforward or candid; lacking in candor
disparage
express a negative opinion of; belittle
disparate
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
disputatious
inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
disquietude
feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable
dissemble
hide under a false appearance; conceal true motives
dissolute
loose in one's morals or behavior
dissonant
lacking in harmony
dogmatic
characterized by arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles
dolorous
exhibiting sorrow or pain, mournful; having mental anguish
duplicity
a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm

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