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1

deride

(dĭ rīdʹ)

(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

2

desiccated

(dĕsʹ ĭ kātʹ d)

(adj.) dried up

When she opened the old Bible, one yellow, desiccated rose fell to the floor.

3

despicable

(dĕsʹ pĭ kǝ bǝl)

(adj.) contemptible, hateful

Only a despicable cad would behave so horribly.

syn: vile, base

ant: laudable, worthy

4

desultory

(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

5

deviate

(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

6

diadem

(dīʹ ǝ demʹ)

(noun) a crown

Peter referred to his wife's blonde hair as her golden diadem.

7

diaphanous

(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

ant: opaque

8

dichotomy

(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.

9

ebullient

bŭlʹ yǝnt)

(adj.) enthusiastic

The ebullient crowd cheered as the royal family appeared.

syn: exuberant, lively

ant: dejected, dispirited

10

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

ant: narrow

11

edify

(ĕdʹ ǝ fī)

(verb) improve someone morally

The sermon was meant to edify the congregation.

12

effete

(e fĕtʹ)

(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

13

egregious

grēʹ jǝs)

(adj.) remarkably bad; outrageous

His remark was so egregious that it shocked everyone at the party.

syn: flagrant, gross

ant: moderate

14

elegy

(ĕlʹ ǝ jē)

(noun) a sad or mournful poem

Although she liked all poetry, she particularly liked those elegies that made her cry.

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elicit

lĭsʹ ĭt)

(verb) to draw forth; to call forth

The attorney tried to elicit a response from his client, but the man remained mute.