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Disputatious (adj)

argumentative; fond of arguing
Convinced he knew more than his lawyers, Tony was a disputatious client, ready to argue about the best way to conduct the case

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Disquietude (n)

uneasiness; anxiety
When Holmes had been gone for a day, Watson felt only a slight sense of disquietude

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Disquisition (n)

a formal systematic inquiry
In his disquisition, he outlined the steps he had taken in reaching his conclusions

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Dissident (adj)

dissenting; rebellious

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Dissimulate (v)

pretend; conceal by feigning
Although the governor tried to dissimulate his feelings about the opposing candidate, we all knew he despised his rival

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Dissonance (n)

discord; opposite of harmony
Composer Charles Ives often used dissonance - clashing or unresolved chords - for special effects in his musical works
(dissonant adj)

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Distend (v)

expand; swell out
I can tell when he is under stress in the way the veins on his forehead distend

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Diurnal (adj)

daily
A farmer cannot neglect his diurnal tasks at any time; cows, for example, must be milked regularly

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Divulge (v)

reveal
No lover of gossip, Charlotte would never divulge anything that a friend told her in confidence

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Doctrinaire (adj)

unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
Weng had hoped that the student-led democracy movement might bring about change in China, but the repressive response of the doctrinaire hard-liners crushed his dreams of democracy

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Doctrinaire (adj)

unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
Weng had hoped that the student-led democracy movement might bring about change in China, but the repressive response of the doctrinaire hard-liners crushed his dreams of democracy

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Dogmatic (adj)

opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
We tried to discourage Doug from being so dogmatic; but never could convince him that his opinions might be wrong

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Doleful (adj)

mournful; causing sadness
Eyesore, the lugubrious donkey immortalised by A.A Milne, looked at his cheerful friend Tigger and sighed out a doleful sigh

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Domicile (n)

home
Although his legal domicile was in NYC, his work kept him away from home for many years

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Domineer (v)

rule over tyrannically
Students prefer teachers who guide, not ones who domineer

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Dossier (n)

file of documents on a subject
Ordered by J. Edgar Hoover to investigate the senator, the FBI compiled a complete dossier on him

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Dotage (n)

senility
In his dotage, the old man bored us with long tales of events in his childhood

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Dote (v)

be excessively fond of, show signs of mental decline
Not only grandmothers bore you with stories about their brilliant grandchildren; grandfathers dote on the little rascals too

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Dour (adj)

sullen; severe; gloomy
The Protestant missionaries who settled on Tahiti in the early nineteenth century were followers of a dour and cheerless creed, who routinely dressed in black and never let themselves forget for a moment the awful burden of the sins of the world

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Dowdy (adj)

slovenly; untidy
She tired to change he dowdy image by buying a fashionable new wardrobe

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Drab (adj)

dull; lacking colour; cheerless
The Dutch woman's drab winter coat contrasted with the distinctive, colourful native costume she wrote beneath it

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Draconian (adj)

extremely severe

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Dregs (n)

sediment; worthless residue
David poured the wine carefully to avoid stirring up the dregs

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Drivel (n)

nonsense; foolishness
Why do i have to spend my time listening to such idiotic drivel?

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Droll (adj)

queer and amusing
He was a popular guest because his droll anecdotes were always entertaining

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Drone (n)

talk dully; idle person, buzz or murmur like a bee

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Drudgery (n)

menial work
Cinderella's fairy godmother rescued her from a life of drudgery