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damson

A small purple-black plumlike fruit.

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daunt

to intimidate; to discourage

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dawdle

to waste time

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deacon

(in Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches) an ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest.

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dearth

scarcity, limited supply, paucity

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debase

to reduce in quality or value

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debilitate

make (someone) weak and infirm.

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déclassé

having fallen in social status.

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decorous

proper, socially acceptable

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decorum

behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety

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decry

to criticize openly, denounce, censure, castigate

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defame

to harm the reputation of

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deference

giving in to another's wished or opinion

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defile

sully, mar, or spoil.

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deforest

clear (an area) of forests or trees.

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deign

Do something that one considers to be beneath one's dignity.

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delineated

Describe or portray (something) precisely

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denounce

to criticize publicly

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deplete

to use up

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deplore

to strongly disapprove of

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depravity

wickedness, perversion

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deprecate

to belittle, express disapproval of, vilify, disparage, castigate, defame

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deracinate

tear (something) up by the roots.

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deride

express contempt for; ridicule.

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derivative

copied or adapted from others

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desecrate

to violate the sacredness of

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desertification

the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.

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despair

hopelessness, pessimism

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despondent

depressed, disheartened, morose, melancholy

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desultory

aimless, haphazard, unconnected, discursive

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devilkin

A little devil

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diabolist

Satanist: an adherent of Satan or Satanism.

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dialogist

A speaker in, or a writer of, a dialogue.

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diaspora

Jews living outside Israel.

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diffident

timid, lacking self-confidence

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diligent

working devotedly and carefully, meticulous, assiduous

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diminish

to make or become smaller, contract, taper

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dirge

a lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite.

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discomfit

make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed.

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discord

disagreement between people.

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discordant

Disagreeing or incongruous.

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discrepancy

lack of agreement, difference, discord, disparity

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discursive

digressing from subject to subject.

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disdain

scorn, contempt

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disgruntled

dissatisfied, irritated

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disjunctive

Lacking connection; or (of a conjunction) expressing a choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities, for example “she asked if he was going or staying.”

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disparage

to put down, to belittle, vilify, defame, deprecate

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disparity

difference, discrepancy

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dispassionate

calm

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dispatch

promptness

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disperse

distribute or spread over a wide area.

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disseminate

to spread widely

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dissent

to disagree

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dissipate

to scatter, disappear, disperse

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dissonance

disagreement; lack of harmony

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dissuade

to discourage; to talk out of

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distend

to expand, extend

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distillation

The extraction of the essential meaning or most important aspects of something

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divalent

having a valence of two.

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divisive

tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.

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dogleg

To follow a sharply bending route

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dogmatic

stubbornly certain in a belief

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dominatrix

a dominating woman, esp. one who takes the sadistic role in sadomasochistic sexual activities.

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dormant

asleep, inactive

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dowdy

(of a person, typically a woman, or their clothes) unfashionable and without style in appearance.

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dubious

doubtful; questionable

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duck's ass

a man's hairstyle, associated esp. with the 1950s, in which the hair is slicked back on both sides and tapered at the nape

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duplicitous

deceitful.

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dzo

a hybrid of a cow and a yak