Competitive Exams: Word List: Vocabulary D

Word List: D

  • dart: Quick movement; missile in darts
  • daunt: Intimidate, make fearful
  • dawdler: Person who is slow; waste of time
  • dearth: Shortage
  • debacle: a breakup, overthrow, sudden disaster
  • decorous: Polite, decent
  • decorum: Propriety, properness
  • decree: Order given by authority
  • decry: Disapprove of
  • defer: Postpone; give way (to show respect)
  • deference: Respect
  • deferential: Showing respect
  • defiance: Open disobedience or resistance
  • deflect: Turn aside
  • defy: Resist openly
  • degrade: Reduce in rank or status
  • delineate: To portray, depict, sketch out
  • deluge: Great flood, heavy rush of water
  • demagogue: Person appealing not to reasons
  • demur: To hesitate, raise objections
  • denigrate: Blacken, belittle, sully, defame
  • denouement: An outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
  • denounce-give information against
  • dent: Hollow, depression mad by a blow
  • deplete: Use until none remains
  • deposition: Dethronement, depositing
  • deprave: Make morally bad; corrupt
  • deprecate: Protest against, express disapproval of
  • dereliction: Deserting and leaving to fall into ruins
  • derision: Ridicule, mockery, deriding
  • derivative: Derived, not original or primitive
  • derivative: Unoriginal, obtained from another source
  • derogatory-insulting; tending to damage
  • descry: Catch sight of, see smth in the distance
  • desiccant-substance used to absorb moisture
  • desiccate: To dry up, dehydrate
  • desuetude: Cessation of use; disuse
  • desultory: Aimless, haphazard, digressing at random
  • detach: Separate
  • deter: Discourage, hinder
  • detraction: Slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
  • detumescence: Diminishing or lessening of swelling
  • deviance: Being different in moral standards (from normal)
  • dexterity: Skill (esp. In handling)
  • dexterous: Clever, skillful with hands
  • diaphanous: Transparent, gauzy
  • diatribe: Bitter and violent attack in words
  • dictate: Order
  • diffidence: Shyness
  • diffident: Lacking in self-confidence
  • dilate: Speak comprehensively, become wider, large
  • dilatory: Causing delay, procrastinating
  • disabuse: To undeceive, correct a false impression
  • disallow: Refuse to allow or accept as a correct
  • discern: See with an effort but clearly
  • discomfit: Confuse, embarrass
  • discomfit: To defeat, put down
  • disconcert: Upset the self-possession of
  • discountenance-refuse to approve of
  • discourse-speech, lecture
  • discredit: Refuse to believe
  • disdain: Look on with contempt
  • disencumber: Free from encumbrance
  • disheveled: Untidy
  • disingenuous: Sophisticated, artful, trying to deceive, cunning
  • disinter: Dig up from the earth
  • dislodge: Move, force from the place occupied
  • dismal: Sad, gloomy, miserable
  • disparate: Essentially different
  • dispassionate: Free from passion
  • dissemble: Speak or behave so as to hide smth (in mind)
  • disseminate-distribute (esp. Ideas)
  • dissent: Have a different opinion, refuse to assent
  • dissipation: Going away, dispersing
  • dissolution: Disintegration, looseness in morals
  • distinct: Easily heard, seen, understood, clearly marked
  • distorted: Pulled out of the usual shape, give a false account of
  • distraught: Distracted, violently upset in mind
  • distress: Great pain; cause discomfort
  • divergence-getting farther apart from a point
  • diverse: Of different kinds
  • divestiture: Taking off, getting rid of, giving up
  • divulge: Make known smth secret
  • doggerel: Trivial, poorly constructed verse
  • dogmatic: Positive, certain, arbitrary, without room for discussion
  • dogmatism: Being dogmatic
  • dolt: Stupid fellow
  • dormant: In a state of inactivity but awaiting development
  • dote: Show much fondness, center one's attention
  • drone: Male bee, person who isn't self-employed
  • drowsiness: Feeling sleepy, half asleep
  • dubious-feeling doubt
  • dud: No use person, smth that fails
  • dulcet: Melodious, harmonious
  • dupe-cheat, make a fool of
  • duplicity: Deliberate deception
  • duress: Threats to compel smb
  • dwarf: Person or smb much below the usual size
  • dynamo: a generator, something that produces electric current
  • dearth: Scarcity, as of something customary, essential, or desirable.
  • defer: To delay or put off to some other time.
  • deign: To deem worthy of notice or account.
  • deleterious: Hurtful, morally or physically.
  • delineate: To represent by sketch or diagram.
  • deluge: To overwhelm with a flood of water.
  • demagogue: An unprincipled politician.
  • denizen: Inhabitant.
  • denouement: That part of a play or story in which the mystery is cleared up. Deplete: To reduce or lessen, as by use, exhaustion, or waste.
  • deposition: Testimony legally taken on interrogatories and reduced to writing, for use as evidence in court. Deprave: To render bad, especially morally bad.
  • deprecate: To express disapproval or regret for, with hope for the opposite. Deride: To ridicule. Derision: Ridicule.
  • derivative: Coming or acquired from some origin. Descry: To discern.
  • desiccant: Any remedy which, when applied externally, dries up or absorbs moisture, as that of wounds. Desuetude: A state of disuse or inactivity. Desultory: Not connected with what precedes. Deter: To frighten away.
  • dexterity: Readiness, precision, efficiency, and ease in any physical activity or in any mechanical work.
  • diaphanous: Transparent.
  • diatribe: A bitter or malicious criticism.
  • didactic: Pertaining to teaching. Diffidence: Self-distrust.
  • diffident: Affected or possessed with self-distrust.
  • dilate: To enlarge in all directions.
  • dilatory: Tending to cause delay.
  • disallow: To withhold permission or sanction.
  • discomfit: To put to confusion.
  • disconcert: To disturb the composure of:
  • disconsolate: Hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.
  • discountenance: To look upon with disfavor.
  • discredit: To injure the reputation of:
  • discreet: Judicious.
  • disheveled: Disordered; disorderly; untidy. Dissemble: To hide by pretending something different. Disseminate: To sow or scatter abroad, as seed is sown. Dissent: Disagreement.
  • dissolution: A breaking up of a union of persons. Distraught: Bewildered.
  • divulge: To tell or make known, as something previously private or secret. Dogmatic: Making statements without argument or evidence. Dormant: Being in a state of or resembling sleep. Dubious: Doubtful. Duplicity: Double-dealing.