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Daunt

to make fearful; to intimidate

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Dearth

lack; scarcity

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Debacle

violent breakdown; sudden overthrow; overwhelming defeat

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Debase

to lower in quality or value; to degrade

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Debauchery

wild living; excessive intemperance

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Debilitate

to weaken; to cripple

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Debunk

to expose the nonsense of

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Decadent

decaying or decayed, especially in terms of morals

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Decimate

to kill or destroy a large part of

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Decorous

proper; in good taste; orderly

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Decree

an official order, usually having the force of law

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Decry

to put down; to denounce

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Deduce

to conclude from the evidence; to infer

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Deem

to judge; to consider

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Defame

to libel or slander; to ruin the good name of

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Deference

submission to another's will; respect; courtesy

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Deficit

a shortage, especially of money

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Defile

to make filthy or foul; to desecrate

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Definitive

conclusive; providing the last word

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Deft

skillful

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Defunct

no longer in effect; no longer in existence

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Degenerate

to break down; to deteriorate

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Degrade

to lower in dignity or status; to corrupt; to deteriorate

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Deign

to condescend; to think in accordance with one's dignity (to do something)

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Deity

a god or goddess

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Dejected

depressed; disheartened

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Delectable

delightful; delicious

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Deleterious

harmful

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Delineate

to describe accurately; to draw in outline

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Delinquent

neglecting a duty or law; late in payment

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Delude

to deceive

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Deluge

a flood; an inundation

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Delve

to search or study intensively

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Demagogue

a leader who uses prejudice to get more power

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Demeanor

behavior; manner

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Demise

death

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Demography

the statistical study of characteristics of populations

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Demur

to object; to take exception

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Demure

shy; reserved; sedate

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Denizen

inhabitant

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Denomination

a classification; a category name

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Denote

to signify; to indicate; to mark

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Denounce

to condemn

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Deict

to portray, especially in a picture; to describe

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Deplete

to decrease the supply of; to exhaust; to use up

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Deplore

to regret; to condemn; to lament

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Deploy

to station soldiers or armaments strategically; to arrange strategically

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Depose

to remove from office or position of power

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Depravity

extreme wickedness or corruption

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Deprecate

to express disapproval of

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Depredate

to prey upon; to plunder

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Deride

to ridicule; to laugh at contemptuously

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Derelict

neglectful; delinquent; deserted

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Derogatory

disapproving; degrading

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Desiccate

to dry out

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Desist

to stop doing (something)

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Despondent

extremely depressed; full or despair

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Despot

an absolute ruler; an autocrat

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Destitute

extremely poor; utterly lacking

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Desultory

without a plan or purpose; disconnected; random

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Devout

deeply religious; fervent

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Dextrous

skillful; adroit

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Dialectical

relating to the discussions; relating to the rules and methods of reasoning; approaching truth in the middle of opposing extremes

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Diatribe

a bitter, abusive denunciation

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Dichotomy

division into two parts, especially contradictory ones

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Dictum

an authoritative saying; an adage; a maxim; a proverb

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Didactic

intended to teach; morally instructive; pedantic

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Diffident

timid; lacking in self-confidence

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Diffuse

to cause to spread out; to cause to disperse; to disseminate

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Digress

to stray from the main subject

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Dilapidated

broken-down; fallen into ruin

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Dilate

to make larger; to become larger; to speak or write at length

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Dilemma

a situation in which one must choose between two equally attractive choices; any problem or predicament

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Dilettante

someone with superficial knowledge of the arts; an amateur; a dabbler

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Diminution

the act or process of diminishing; reduction

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Dire

disastrous; desperate

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Dirge

a funeral song

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Disaffect

to cause to lose affection; to estrange; to alienate

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Disarray

disorder; confusion

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Discern

to have insight; to see things clearly; to discriminate; to differentiate

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Disclaim

to deny any claim to; to renounce

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Discomfit

to frustrate; to confuse

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Disconcert

to upset; to ruffle; to perturb

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Discourse

spoken or written expression in words; conversation

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Discreet

prudent; judiciously reserved

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Discrete

unconnected; separate; distinct

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Discepancy

difference; inconsistency

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Discursive

rambling from one topic to another, usually aimlessly

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Discriminate

to notice or point out the difference between two or more things; to discern; to differentiate

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Disdain

arrogant scorn; contempt

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Disgruntle

to make sulky and dissatisfied; to discontent

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Disinformation

false information purposely disseminated, usually by a government, for the purpose of creating a false impression

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Disinterested

not taking sides; unbiased

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Dismal

dreary; causing gloom; causing dread

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Dismay

to fill with dread; to discourage greatly; to perturb

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Disparage

to belittle; to say uncomplimentary things about, usually in a somewhat indirect way

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Disparate

different; incompatible; unequal

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Dispassionate

unaffected by passion; impartial; calm

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Disperse

to scatter; to spread widely; to disseminate

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Dispirit

to discourage; to dishearten; to lose spirit

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Disposition

characteristic attitude; state of mind; inclination; arrangement

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Disproportionate

out of proportion; too much or too little

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Disquiet

to make uneasy

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Dissemble

to conceal the real nature of; to act or speak falsely in order to deceive

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Dissemnate

to spread the seeds of something; to scatter; to make widely known

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Dissent

to disagree; to withhold approval

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Disservice

a harmful action; an ill turn

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Dissident

a person who disagrees or dissents

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Dissipate

to thin out, drift away, or dissolve; to cause to thin out, drift away, or dissolve; to waste or squander

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Dissolution

the breaking up or dissolving of something into parts; disintegration

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Dissuade

to persuade not to

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Distend

to swell; to extend a great deal

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Distinct

separate; different; clear and unmistakable

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Distinguish

to tell apart; to cause to stand out

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Diurnal

occurring every day; occurring during the daytime

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Divine

to intuit; to prophesy

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Divulge

to reveal, especially to reveal something that has been a secret

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Docile

easily taught; obedient; easy to handle

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Doctrinaire

inflexibly committed to a doctrine or theory without regard to its practicality; dogmatic

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Document

to support with evidence, especially written evidence

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Dogmatic

arrogantly assertive of unproven ideas; stubborn claiming that something (often a system of beliefs) is beyond dispute

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Doldrums

low spirits; a state of inactivty

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Doleful

sorrowful; filled with grief

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Dolt

a stupid person; a dunce

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Domestic

having to do with the household or family; not foreign

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Dormant

inactive; as though asleep; asleep

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Dotage

senility; foolish affection

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Double entendre

a word or phrase having a double meaning, especially when the second meaning is risqu̩

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Dour

forbidding; severe; gloomy

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Downcast

directed downward; dejected

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Downplay

to minimize; to represent as being insignificant

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Draconian

harsh; severe; cruel

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Droll

humorous; amusing in an odd, often understated, way

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Dross

worthless stuff, especially worthless stuff arising from the production of valuable stuff

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Dubious

full of doubt; unceratin

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Duplicity

the act of being two-faced; double-dealing; deception

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Duress

coercion; compulsion by force or threat