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dissimulate

D. to dissemble; to pretend

E. as an actress she had been trained to dissimulate, so she had no trouble hiding her true feelings offstage as well

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dissipate

D. to scatter or disperse

E. dissipated the family fortune in reckless business ventures / The morning sun dissipated the fog.

3

dissolute

\ˈdi-sə-ˌlüt\

D. loose in morals

E. the dissolute and degrading aspects of human nature

4

dissonance

\ˈdi-sə-nən(t)s\

D. discord

E. the dissonance between what we are told and what we see with our own eyes

5

dissuade

\di-ˈswād\

D. to advise against; to divert by persuasion

E. tried to dissuade her from her intention to drop out of college

6

distend

D. to expand

E. an abdomen distended by disease

7

distrait

\di-ˈstrā\

D. absent-minded; preoccupied

E. he grew more and more distrait as hours passed without confirmation that there were survivors of the plane crash

8

distraught

\di-ˈstrȯt\

D. troubled; confused; harassed

E. Distraught relatives are waiting for news of the missing children.

9

diurnal

\dī-ˈər-nəl\

D. daily

E. a love as constant and certain as the diurnal tides

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diverge

D. to extend from one point in separate directions

E. They were close friends in college, but after graduation, their lives diverged.

11

diverse

D. differening

12

divest

\dī-ˈvest\

D. to strip or deprive

E. The company is divesting 8 of its 20 stores.

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divination

\ˌdi-və-ˈnā-shən\

D. the act of foreseeing or foretelling

E. if her powers of divination are so great, why doesn't she know what the stock market will do?

14

divulge

\də-ˈvəlj\

D. to reveal

E. we tried to make him divulge the name of the winner, but he wouldn't budge

15

docile

D. easy to teach or discipline

E. His students were docile and eager to learn.

16

doff

\ˈdäf\

D. to take off

E. They doffed their coats when they came inside.

17

doggerel

\ˈdä-gə-rəl\

D. poorly or ridiculously written verse, sometimes because the writer has not intended it to be serious

E. a few lines of doggerel

18

dogma

D. a doctrine; a positive statement or opinion

E. These new findings challenge the current dogma in the field.

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dogmatic

D. strongly positive in manner or in what one says

E. She's become so dogmatic lately that arguing with her is pointless.

20

doldrums

\ˈdōl-drəmz\

D. low spirits

E. the team had been in the doldrums ever since losing the championship

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dolorous

\ˈdō-lə-rəs\

D. sorrowful

E. dolorous ballads of death and regret

22

dolt

\ˈdōlt\

D. a stupid fellow

E. What a dolt I've been!

23

domicile

\ˈdä-mə-ˌsī(-ə)l\

D. a home

E. Students must establish a domicile in the state to be eligible for reduced tuition.

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dormant

D. inactive

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dorsal

\ˈdȯr-səl\

D. pertaining to the back

E. a shark's dorsal fin

26

dossier

\ˈdä-sē-ˌā\

D. collected documents on a person

E. We have a dossier on him.

27

dotage

\ˈdō-tij\

D. senility

E. he's now in that stage of his dotage where he has trouble remembering the simplest things

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doughty

/ˈdau̇-tē/

D. valiant; fearless

E. a doughty warrior

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dissident

D. not agreeing

E. dissident elements within the Catholic Church

30

dour

\ˈdu̇r\

D. stern; sullen

E. She had a dour expression on her face.

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dreg

D. sediment, the last drops of a liquid, mixed with little pieces of solid material that are left in the bottom of a container; the most worthless part of sth; the last parts of something

E. coffee dregs / the dregs of society / the last dregs of daylight

32

drivel

\ˈdri-vəl\

D. silly talk; to let saliva dribble from the mouth

E. What is he driveling about now? / the panting dog driveled on my hand

33

droll

D. amusing and strange

E. a droll little man with a peculiar sense of humor

34

dross

\ˈdräs\

D. something that is base, trivial, or inferior

E. There is quite a lot of dross on TV these days. / His editor has a talent for turning literary dross into gold.

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drudgery

D. tiresome work

E. He hated the drudgery of his job.

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dubious

D. doubtful

E. a dubious plan

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ductile

\ˈdäk-təl\

D. able to be drawn or hammered thin without breaking

E. gold is ductile

38

dulcet

\ˈdol-sət\

D. sweet-sounding

E. although she flashed a dulcet smile, she was secretly seething with resentment

39

duplicity

D. deception

E. He exposed the spy's duplicity. / He exposed the spy's duplicity.

40

*double

\ˈdə-bəl\

D. dealing

41

durance

D. imprisonment

E. If you continue on your present course, my reckless and rowdy friend, you will find yourself in durance vile. (a long prison sentence)

42

duress

\du̇-ˈres\

D. imprisonment; compulsion

E. He gave the information under duress.

43

ebullient

\ē-bȯ-yənt\

D. enthusiastic

E. ebullient performers

44

eccentricity

\ˌek-(ˌ)sen-ˈtri-sə-tē\

D. oddity

E. Talking to her plants is one of her many eccentricities.

45

éclat

\ā-ˈklä\

D. brilliant success; acclaim

E. a performance of great éclat.

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eclectic

\e-ˈklek-tik\

D. made up of material from many sources

E. The collection includes an eclectic mix of historical artifacts.