raised platform for guests of honor
When he approached the dais, he was greeted by cheers from the people who had come to honor him.
trifle with procrastinate
Laertes told Ophelia that Hamlet could only dally with her affections.
The walls of the dungeon were dank and slimy.
neat and trim
In "The Odd Couple," Tony Randall played Felix Unger, an excessively dapper soul who could not stand to have a hair out of place.
The sunlight filtering though the screens created a dappled effect on the wall.
smear (as wth paint)
From the way he daubed his paint on the canvas, I could tell he knew nothing of oils.
your threats cannot daunt me
Despite the dangerous nature of the undertaking, the dauntless soldier volunteered for the assignment.
loiter, waste time
Inasmuch as we must meet a deadline, do not dawdle over this work.
We wanted to see how long he could maintain his deadpan expression.
The dearth of skilled labor compelled the employers to open trade schools.
breaking up; downfall
This debacle in the government can only result in anarchy.
corrupt, make intemperate
a vicious newspaper can debauch public ideals
friendly, aiming to please
The debonair youth was liked by all who met him, because of his cheerful and obliging manner.
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless, etc.; ridicule
Pointing out that he conhsistently had voted afainst strenghtening antipollution legislation, reporters debunked the candidate's claim that he was a fervent environmentalist.
yound woman making formal entrance into society
As a debutante, she was often mentioned in the society columns of the newspapers.
The moral decadence of the people was reflected in the lewd literature of the period.
pour off gently
Be sure to decant this wine before serving it.
falling off, as of leaves
The oak is a deciduous tree.
kill, usually one out of ten
We do more to decimate our population in automobile accidents than we do in war.
The children loved to ski down the declivity.
having a low-cut neckline
Fashion decrees that evening gowns be decollete this season; bare shoulders are again the vogue.
Shocked by the unruly behavior, the teacher criticized the class for its lack of decorum.
lure or bait
The wild ducks were not fooled by the decoy.
state of collagse caused by illness or old age
I was unprepared for the state of decrepitude in which I had found my old friend; he seemed to have aged twenty years in six months.
express strong disapproval of ; disparage
The founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, strongly decries the lack of financial and moral support for children in America today.
If we accept your premise, your conclusions are easily deducible.
resigned to defeat; accepting defeat as a natural outcome
If you maintain your defeatist attitude, you will never succeed.
The children, who had made him an idol, were hurt most by his defection from our cause.
courteous regard for another's wish
In deference to his desires, the employers granted him a holiday.
The hoodlums defiled the church with their scurrilous writing.
In Vietnam the army made extensive use of chemical agents to defoliate the woodlands.
provide ofr the payment of
Her employer offered to defray the costs of her postgraduate education.
to strip a priest or minister of church authority
We knew the minister had violated church regulations, but we had not realized his offense was serious enough to cause him to be defrocked.
The deft waiter uncorked the champagne without spilling a drop.
dead; no longer in use or existence
The lawyers sought to examine the books of the defunct corporation.
turn into a god; idolize
Admire the rock star all you want; just don't deify him.
He felt that he would debase himself if he deigned to answer his critics.
Workers in nuclear research must avoid the deleterious effects of radioactive substances.
consider; ponder; unhurried
Offered the new job, she asked for time to deliberate before she made her decision.
mental disorder marked by confusion
The drunkard in his delirium saw strange animals.
flat plain of mud or sand between branches of a river
His dissertation discussed the effect of intermittent flooding on the fertility of the Nile delta.
Do not delude yourself into believing that he will relent.
When we advertised the position, we received a deluge of applications.
deceptive; raising vain hopes
Do not raise your hopes on the basis of his delusive promises.
delving into old books and manuscripts is part of a researcher's job
person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader
He was accused of being a demogogue because he made promises that aroused futile hopes in his listeners.
He felt that he would demean himself if he replied to the scurrilous letter.
His sober demeanor quieted the noisy revelers.
Upon the demise of the dictator, a bitter dispute about succession to power developed.
pertaining to the people
He lamented the passing of aristocratic society and maintained that a demotic society would lower the nation's standards.
grave; serius; coy
To demur at this time will only worsen the already serious situation; now is the time for action.
She was demure and reserved.
All attempts to denigrate the character of our late President have failed; the people still love him and cherish his memory.
Ghosts are denizens of the land of the dead who return to earth.
outcome; final development of the plot of a play or other literary work
The play was childishly written; the denouement was obvious to sophisticated theatergoers as early as the middle of the first act.
Although I deplore the vulgarity of your language, I defend your right to express yourself freely.
dethrone; remove form office
The army attempted to depose the king and set up a military government.
testimony under oath
He made his deposition in the judge's chamber.
The depravity of the tyrant's behavior shocked us all.
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post deprecated the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.
He had to be institutionalized because he was deranged.
neglectful of duty; abandoned
The corporal who fell asleep while on watch was thrown into the guardhouse for being derelic in his duty.
The people derided his grandiose schemes.
They greeted his proposal with derision and refused to consider it seriously.
expressing a low opinion
I resent your derogatory remarks.
catch sight of
In the distance, we could barely descry the enemy vessels.
A tour of this smokehouse will give you an idea of how the pioneers used to desiccate food in order to preserve it.
rob of joy; lay waste to; forsake
The bandits desolated the countryside, burning farms and carrying off the harvest.
Butch Cassidy was a bold desperado with a price on his head.
If you do not yield, I am afraid the enemy will despoil the countryside.
To the dismay of his parents, he became more and more depondent every day.
The people rebelled against the despotism of the king.
The costs of the father's illness left the family destitute.
aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
In prison Malcolm X set himself the task of reading straight through the dictionary; to him reading was purposeful, not desultory.
emotionally removed; calm and objective; indifferent
A psychoanalyst must maintain a detached point of view and stay uninvolved with her patients' perssonal lives.
having a fixed order of procedure; invariable
At the royal wedding, the procession of the nobles followed a determinate order of precedence.
He is offended by your frequent detractions of his ability as a leader.
going astray; erratic
Your devious behavior in this matter puzzles me since you are usually direct and straightforward.
He was devoid of any personal desire for gain in his endeavor to secure improvement in the community.
deputize; pass to others
It devolved upon us, the survivors, to arrange peace terms with the enemy.
The devout man prayed daily.
The king's diadem was on display at the museum.
art of debate
I am not skilled in dialectic and therefore, cannot answer your arguments as forcefully as I wish.
They saw the burglar clearly through the diaphanous curtain.
bitter scolding; invective
During the lengthy diatribe delivered by his opponent he remained calm and self-controlled.
branching into two parts
The dichotomy of our legislative system provides us with many safeguards.
arthoritative and weighty statement
She repeated the statement as though it were the dictum of the most expert worker in the group.
device for stamping or impressing; mold
In coining pennies, workers at the old mint squeezed sheets of softened copper between two dies.
You must overcome your diffidence if you intend to become a salesperson.
wordiness; spreading in all directions like a gas
Your composition suffers from a diffusion of ideas; try to be more compact.
wandering away from the subject
Nobody minded when Professor Renoir's lectures wandered away from their offical theme; his digressions were always more fascinating than the topic of the day.
In the dark, the pupils of your eyes dilate.
Your dilatory tactics may compel me to cancel the contract.
aimless follower of the arts; amateur; dabbler
He was not serious in his painting; he was rather a dilettante.
lessening; reduction in size
The blockaders hoped to achieve victory as soon as the diminution of the enemy's supplies became serious.
continued loud noise
The din of the jackhammers outside the classroom window drowned out the lecturer's voice.
small boat (often ship's boat)
In the film Lifeboat, an ill-assorted group of passengers from a sunken ocean liner are marooned at sea in a dinghy.
dull; not fresh; cheerless
Refusing to be depressed by her dingy studio apartment, Bea spent the weekend polishing the floors and windows and hanging bright posters on the walls.
By dint of much hard work, the volunteers were able to control the raging forest fire.
like-size, three-dimensional scene from nature or history
Because they dramatically pose actual stuffed animals against realistic painted landscapes, the dioramas at the Museum of Natural History particularly impress high school biology students.
People ignored her dire predictions of an approaching depression.
lament with music
The funeral dirge stirred us to tears.
correct a false impression; undeceive
I will attempt to diabuse you of your impression of my client's guilt; I know he is innocent.
Once the most loyal of Gorbachev's supporters, Shverdnaze found himself becoming increasingly disaffected.
a disorderly or untidy state
After the New Year's party, the once orderly house was in total disarray.
His disavowal of his part in the conspiracy was not believed by the jury.
The chess club disbanded after its disastrous initial season.
When you disburse money on the company's behalf, be sure to get a receipt.
The ships in the harbor were not discernible in the fog.
mentally quick and observant; having insight
Because he was considered the most discerning member of the firm, he was assigned the most difficult cases.
disown; renounce claim to
If I grant you this previlege, will you disclaim all other rights?
The novice square dancer became so discombobulated that he wandered into wrong set.
put to rout; defeat; disconcert
This ruse will discomfit the enemy.
confuse; upset; embarrass
The lawyer was disconcerted by the evidence produced by her adversary.
The death of his wife left him disconsolate.
She tried to unite the discordant factions.
formal disscussion; conversation
The young Plato was drawn to the Agora to hear the philosophical discourse of Socrates and his followers.
They were annoyed and bored by her discursive remarks.
deprive of a civil right
The imposition if the poll tax effectively disenfranchised poor Southern blacks, who lost their right to vote.
surrender something; efect; vomit
Unwilling to disgorge the cash he had stolen from the pension fund, the embezzler tried to run away.
The passengers were disgruntled by the numerous delays.
not naive, sophisticated
Although he was young, his remarks indicated that he was disingenous.
dig up; unearth
They disinterred the body and held an autopsy.
unprejudiced The only disinterested person in the room was the judge.
Thrusting her fist up under the choking man's lower ribs, Margaret used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food caught in this throat.
eliminate from consideration; reject
Believing in John's love for her, she dismissed the notion that he might be unfaithful.
Do not disparage anyone's contribution; these little gifts add up to large sums.
basically different; unrelated
It is difficult, if not impossible, to organize these disparate elements into a coherent whole.
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.
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
The bright sunlight eventually dispelled the morning mist.
The popularity of Florida as a winter resort is constantly increasing; each year, thousands more disport themselves at Miami and Palm Beach.
argumentative; fond of argument
People avoided discussing contemporary problems with him because of his disputatious manner.
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.
Even though John tried to dissemble his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew there not to dance but to meet girls.
scatter (like seeds)
The invention of the radio helped propagandists to disseminate their favorite doctrines very easily.
In a landmark Supreme Court decision, Justice Marshall dissented from the majority opinion.
In the purge that followed the student demonstrations at Tianamen Square, the government hunted down the dissident students and their supporters.
pretend; conceal by feigning
She tried to dissimulate her grief by her exuberant attitude.
The young man quickly dissipated his inheritance and was soon broke.
disintegration; looseness in morals
The profligacy and dissolution of life in Caligula's Rome appall some historians.
reserved or aloof, cold in manner
His distant greeting made me feel unwelcome from the start.
I can tell when he is under stress by the way the veins distend on his forehead.
purify; refine; concentrate
A moonshiner distills mash into whiskey; an epigrammatist distills thoughts into quips.
Because of his concentration on the problem, the professor often appeared distrait and unconcerned about routine.
upset; distracted by anxiety
The distraught parents frantically searched the ravine for their lost child.
operatic singer; prima donna
Although world famous as a diva, she did not indulge in fits of temerament.
vary; go in different directionsfrom the same point
The spokes of the wheel diverge from the hub.
act of turning aside; pastime
After studying for several hours, he needed a diversion from work.
He was divested of his power to act and could no longer govern.
perceive intuitively; foresee the future
Nothing infuriated Tom more than Aunt Polly's ability to divine when he was not telling the truth.
I will not tell you this news because I am sure you will divulge it prematurely.
program asfor trial; book where such entries are made
The case of Smith v. Jones was entered in the docket for July 15.
unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
Weng had hoped that the student-led democracy movement might bring about change in China, but the repressive response of the doctrinaire hard-liners crushed his dreams of democracy.
shaky; infirm from old age
Although he is not as yet a doddering and senile old man, his ideas and opinions no longer can merit the respect we gave them years ago.
A gentleman used to doff his hat to a lady.
Les Miserables tells of Inspector Javert's long, dogged pursuit of the criminal Jean Valjean.
Although we find occasional snatches of genuine poetry in her work, most of her writing is mere doggerel.
Do not be so dogmatic about that statement; it can be easily refuted.
blues; listlessness; slack period
Once the excitement of meeting her deadline was over, she found herself in the doldrums.
He found the dolorous lamentations of the bereaved family emotionally disturbing and he left as quickly as he could.
I thought I was talking to a mature audience; instead, I find myself addressing a pack of dolts.
rule over tyrannically
Students prefer teachers who guide, not ones who domineer.
When Clark Kent had to don his Superman outfit, he changed clothes in a convenient phone booth.
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.
file of documents on a subject
Ordered by J. Edgar Hoover to investigate the senator, the FBI compiled a complete dossier.
In his dotage, the old man bored us with long tales of events in his childhood.
be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline
Not only grandmothers bore you with stories about their brilliant grandchildren; grandfathers dote on the littel rascals, too.
The man was dour abd taciturn.
plunge into water; drench; extinguish
They doused each other with hoses and balloons.
She tried to change her dowdy image by buying a fashionable new wardrobe.
Cheerful and optimistic by nature, Beth was never downcast despite the difficulties she faced.
dull; lacking color; cheerless
The Dutch woman's drab winter coat contrasted with the distinctive, colorful native costume she wore beneath it.
sediment; worthless residue
David poured the wine carefully to avoid stirring up the dregs.
queer and amusing
He was a popular guest because his droll anecdotes were always entertaining.
idle person; male bee
Content to let his wife support him, the would-be writer was in reality nothing but a drone.
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?
waste matter; worhtless impurities
Many methods have been devised to separate the valuable metal from the dross.
Cinderella's fairy godmother rescued her from a life of drudgery.
He has the dubious distinction of being the lowest man in his class.
malleability; flexibility; ability to be drawn out
Copper wire has many industrial uses because of its extreme ductility.
The dulcet sounds of the birds at dawn were soon drowned out by the roar of traffic passing our motel.
someone easily fooled
While the gullible Watson often was made a dupe by unscrupulous parties, Sherlock Holmes was far more difficult to fool.
People were shocked and dismayed when they learned of his duplicity in this affair, as he had always seemed honest and straightforward.
forcible restraint, especially unlawfully
The hostages were held under duress until the prisoners' demands were met.
The dutiful child grew up to be a conscientious adult aware of his civic obligations.
suffering from indigestion
All the talk about rich food made him feel dyspeptic.