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Disinterested

Free from self-interest; unbiased

We need a disinterested party to arbitrate the property dispute, since each of the participants has too much at stake to remain unbiased

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Disparage

To slight or belittle

I don't think you have any right to disparage his attempts until you have tried riding the mechanical bull yourself

*disparaging remarks are those that express a negative, usually dismissive, opinion of something or someone

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Disparate

Fundamentally distinct or dissimilar

I found it amazing that two people with such disparate tastes could decorate a house together

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Dissemble

To disguise or conceal; to mislead

Her coy attempts to dissemble her plagiarism were completely transparent; no one believed her

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Dissolution

Disintegration; looseness in morals

The dissolution of the warlords power left a power vacuum in its wake that many minor chieftains competed to fill

*dissolute as an adjective means licentious (hedonistic)

His dissolute indulgence in every form of hedonism horrified his morally conservative colleagues

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Dissonance

Lack of harmony, conflict

There is so much dissonance among the team members that it is difficult to reach consensus in even the smallest points of proposal

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Distrait

Distracted; absentminded, especially due to anxiety

When he kept forgetting what he was talking about during dinner, it became clear that he was distrait, and was no doubt preoccupied with the meeting planned for the next day

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Divulge

To disclose something secret

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Doctrinaire

Fanatical; merely theoretical; impractical

Mary was an idealist; she held doctrinaire beliefs that the country could be united under one political party

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Doggerel

Trivial, poorly constructed verse

For some reason, I could always remember the bit of doggerel I read on the bathroom wall, though I had long since forgotten all the exquisite poetry I read in my classes in college

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Dogmatic

Authoritatively and or arrogantly assertive of principles, which often cannot be proved; stubbornly opinionated

Evelyn's dogmatic insistence on the importance of following procedure to the letter frustrated her coworkers who were willing to cut a few corners in the interest of saving time

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Dross

Slag; waste or foreign matter, impurity, surface scum

We discarded the dross that had formed at the top of the cider during the fermentation process

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Dulcet

Melodious, harmonious, mellifluous

The fact that I thought her voice a dulcet wonder shows you how infatuated I was; most people thought she sounded like a sick moose

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Dupe

One who is deceived

What do I look like - a dupe? No one with any sense could possibly believe the story you're trying to sell

*dupe can also be a verb

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Dynamo

Generator; forceful, energetic person

Courtney was truly the dynamo of the group; without her we'd probably still be sitting in the couch instead of being three days into our road trip

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Discretion

Cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

The matchmaker's discretion was the key to her remarkable success; her clients knew she would not reveal their identities inappropriately