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daunt

To make someone feel slightly frightened or worried about their ability to achieve something

dauntless

Showing determination and no fear

In spite of the scale of the famine, the relief workers struggled on with dauntless optimism.

debase

To reduce the quality or value of something

Some argue that money has debased football.

debilitate

To make someone or something physically weak

Chemotherapy exhausted and debilitated him.

debonair

Attractive, confident, and carefully dressed:

a debonair young man

defile

To spoil the goodness or beauty of something

Cans, paper bags, and other trash defiled the landscape.

deleterious

harmful

These drugs have a proven deleterious effect on the nervous system.

deluge

A very large amount of rain or water

This little stream can become a deluge when it rains heavily.

demise

The end of the operation or existence of something

Huge corporate farms have led to the demise of many small, family-owned farms.

denizen

An animal, plant, or person that lives in or is often in a particular place

Deer and squirrels are among the denizens of the forest.

derisive

Showing derision

Derisive laughter

derogate

To talk about or treat someone or something in a way that shows you do not respect him, her, or it

an abstruse philosophical essay

desiccate

Dried, with the moisture removed

100 g of desiccated coconut

detriment

Harm or damage

Are you sure that I can follow this diet without detriment to my health?

detritus

Waste material or rubbish, especially left after a particular event

The stadium was littered with the detritus of yesterday's concert.

devout

Believing strongly in a religion and obeying all its rules or principles

a devout Buddhist/Christian/churchgoer

diabolical

Extremely bad or shocking

Conditions in the prison were diabolical.

diadem

A small crown (= circular decoration for the head) with jewels in it

diaphanous

A diaphanous substance, especially cloth, is so delicate and thin that you can see through it

a diaphanous silk veil

dichotomy

A difference between two completely opposite ideas or things

There is often a dichotomy between what politicians say and what they do.

didactic

Intended to teach, or to improve morals by teaching

Children’s books possess a practical, didactic purpose – to instill a love for reading.

dilate

To (cause a part of the body to) become wider or further open

The pupils of the eyes dilate as darkness increases.

dire

Very serious or extreme

These people are in dire need of help.

discern

To see, recognize, or understand something that is not clear

I could just discern a figure in the darkness.

discharge

To allow someone to leave

Allen was discharged from the hospital yesterday.

disconcert

To make someone feel suddenly uncertain and worried

The whole experience had disconcerted him.

disconsolate

Extremely sad and disappointed:

The players were disconsolate after losing what should have been an easy game.

discreet

Careful not to cause embarrassment or attract a lot of attention

There was a discreet knock on the door.

disparate

Different in every way

The two cultures were so utterly disparate that she found it hard to adapt from one to the other.

dissident

A person who publicly disagrees with and criticizes their government

political dissidents.

distend

(usually of the stomach or other part of the body) to swell and become large (as if) by pressure from inside

divulge

To make something secret known

Journalists do not divulge their sources.

dolorous

Sad, or causing sadness or emotional suffering

drivel

Nonsense or boring and unnecessary information

You're talking drivel as usual!

droll

Humorous, especially in an unusual way

a droll remark/expression/person

dulcet

Dulcet sounds are soft and pleasant to listen to.

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