(verb) to ridicule, to mock
The professor was unpopular because he derided his students if they made a mistake.
syn: to scorn
ant: to praise
(dĕsʹ ĭ kātʹ d)
(adj.) dried up
When she opened the old Bible, one yellow, desiccated rose fell to the floor.
(dĕsʹ pĭ kǝ bǝl)
(adj.) contemptible, hateful
Only a despicable cad would behave so horribly.
syn: vile, base
ant: laudable, worthy
(dĕsʹ ǝl tôr ē)
(adj.) wandering from subject to subject
He gave his talk in such a desultory fashion it was hard to understand.
syn: disconnected; rambling
(dēʹ vē āt)
(verb) to turn aside
Sometimes it's better to deviate from the truth rather than hurt someone's feelings.
syn: digress, stray
(dīʹ ǝ demʹ)
(noun) a crown
Peter referred to his wife's blonde hair as her golden diadem.
(dīʹ ăfʹ ǝ nǝs)
(adj.) very sheer and light
The diaphanous gown was beautiful, but Gloria wasn't sure she had the nerve to wear it.
syn: transparent, gossamer
(dī kotʹ ǝ mĭ)
(noun) a division into two parts
While most of us see a dichotomy between the real and the unreal, some people contend that there is an overlapping.
(ĭ bŭlʹ yǝnt)
The ebullient crowd cheered as the royal family appeared.
syn: exuberant, lively
ant: dejected, dispirited
eclectic (ĕ klĕkʹ tĭk)
(adj.) choosing from various sources
The room was furnished in an eclectic manner, but it all came together very well.
syn: discriminating, selective, catholic
(ĕdʹ ǝ fī)
(verb) improve someone morally
The sermon was meant to edify the congregation.
(adj.) worn out; barren
Although worn down by age and a life of hard work, the man was far from effete.
syn: exhausted; spent and sterile
ant: vital, vigorous
(ĭ grēʹ jǝs)
(adj.) remarkably bad; outrageous
His remark was so egregious that it shocked everyone at the party.
syn: flagrant, gross
(ĕlʹ ǝ jē)
(noun) a sad or mournful poem
Although she liked all poetry, she particularly liked those elegies that made her cry.
(ĭ lĭsʹ ĭt)
(verb) to draw forth; to call forth
The attorney tried to elicit a response from his client, but the man remained mute.