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Glossary of SAT 1 Vocab: D (Dais - Dysphasia)

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dais
speaker's stand; a platform
dale
valley
dally
to waste time
dank
chilly and wet
dappled
spotted
dastardly
sneaking and cowardly
daub
to smear
daunt
to discourage
dawdle
to waste time
de facto
in fact
deadlock
a standstill or tie
dearth
a scarcity
debacle
complete failure; total collapse
debase
to lower in rank; to humiliate
debauch
to corrupt
debilitate
to weaken
debonair
charming; courteous
debris
fragments; rubble
debut
first public appearance
decadence
moral deterioration
decant
to pour without stirring residue
decapitate
to behead
decelerate
to slow down
deciduous
not permanent
decipher
decode; figure out the meaning of
declaim
to speak dramatically
declivity
downward slope
decompose
to decay; to break up into parts
decorum
appropriate social behavior
decoy
a person or thing that lures into danger
decrepit
broken down by age or disease
decry
to speak out against
deduce
to reason out
deem
to judge; to believe
defalcate
to misuse funds; to embezzle
defamatory
damaging another's reputation with false remarks
default
to fail to pay a debt or perform a task
defection
desertion
defer
to postpone
deference
respect
defile
to pollute or corrupt
definitive
complete; comprehensive
deflect
to bend or turn aside
defoliate
to strip of leaves
defray
to pay the cost of
deft
skillful
defunct
no longer in existence
degrade
to lower in degree or quality
deify
to idolize
deign
to lower oneself before an inferior
delectable
delicious; very pleasing
delete
to leave out
deleterious
harmful
delineate
to describe
delirium
condition of mental disturbance; wild excitement
delude
to deceive
deluge
a flood or rush
delve
to investigate
demagogue
a popular leader who appeals to the emotions
demean
to degrade or lower
demeanor
behavior
demented
deranged or insane
demigod
a person who is partly a god and partly human
demise
death or ending
demography
study of population trends
demolish
to tear down
demoralize
to discourage
demur
to object or take exception to
demure
shy
denigrate
to ruin the reputation of; to blacken
denizen
occupant; inhabitant
denomination
the name or designation for a class of persons
denouement
the outcome
denounce
to publicly condemn
depict
to portray or represent
depilate
to remove hair from
deplete
to use up gradually
deplore
to regret
deploy
to place troops in position
depose
to remove from office
depraved
sinful
deprecate
to disapprove of
depreciate
to lessen in value
deranged
insane
derelict
abandoned; negligent; a vagrant
deride
to ridicule
derision
ridicule
dermatology
study of skin diseases
derogatory
belittling
descry
to discover
desecrate
to damage a holy place
desiccate
to wither or dry up
desist
to stop
desolate
lonely; deserted
despicable
contemptible; hateful
despise
to scorn or regard with disgust
despoil
to rob
despondent
depressed
despot
a dictator
destitute
poor; lacking
desuetude
condition of disuse or extinction
desultory
wondering from subject to subject; rambling
d├ętente
a lessening of tension or hostility
deter
to hinder; to discourage
detergent
a cleansing agent
detonate
explode
detoxify
remove poison from
detract
to take away from; to diminish
detriment
damage; harm
devastate
to overwhelm; to destroy
deviate
to turn aside
devious
sly; underhanded
devoid
completely without
devotee
an enthusiastic follower
devout
religious; sincere
dexterity
skill; cleverness
diabolical
devilish; cruel
diadem
crown
dialectic
logical discussion
diaphanous
transparent; very sheer and light
diatribe
bitter criticism
dichotomy
division into two parts
dicker
to bargain; to argue over prices
diction
style of speaking
dictum
a positive statement
didactic
instructive; inclined to lecture others too much
diffident
shy; modest
diffuse
to spread or scatter about
digress
to wander off the subject
dilapidated
broken down or falling apart
dilate
to expand
dilatory
slow or late in doing things
dilemma
a troubling situation
dilettante
a dabbler in the fine arts; one who is not an expert
diligent
hard-working
diminutive
small
dint
power; force
dipsomaniac
a drunkard
dire
dreadful; causing disaster
dirge
a funeral hymn
disarray
disorder; confusion
disavow
to disown; to deny
disburse
to pay out
discern
to recognize; to distinguish
disciple
a follower
disclaimer
denial; renunciation
disclose
to make known
discomfiture
frustration; confusion
disconcert
to embarrass; to upset
disconsolate
without hope
discordant
disagreeing; harsh-sounding
discount
reduction; to disregard
discountenance
to disapprove of
discourse
conversation; lecture
discredit
to disgrace; to cast doubt on
discreet
showing good judgment; cautious
discrepancy
inconsistency; difference
discretion
good judgment
discrimination
prejudice; ability to distinguish
discursive
rambling; wandering
disdain
to scorn
disgruntled
unhappy; discontented
dishearten
to discourage
disheveled
untidy
disinter
to uncover
disinterested
impartial; not prejudiced
dismal
gloomy; depressing
dismantle
to take apart
dismember
to cut or pull off limbs
disparage
to put down
disparity
inequality; difference
dispassionate
calm; impartial
dispel
to drive away
disperse
to scatter
disputatious
fond of arguing
disreputable
having a bad reputation
dissection
cutting apart; analysis
dissemble
to conceal; to pretend
disseminate
to scatter or spread
dissension
disagreement; opposition
dissertation
a written essay
dissident
disagreeing
dissimulate
to hide one's feelings
dissipate
to waste; to scatter
dissociate
to break ties with
dissolute
immoral; unrestrained
dissonant
out of harmony
dissuade
to advise or urge against
distend
to expand
distort
to twist out of shape
distraught
troubled
dither
(precede by "in a") nervously excited or confused
diurnal
daily
divergent
different; varying
divers
several
diverse
different
divest
to deprive
divination
the act of foretelling the future
divulge
to reveal
docile
submissive
doddering
shaky; senile
doff
to throw off or away
doggedly
stubbornly
dogmatic
having a definite opinion; authoritative
doldrums
low spirits
dole
to distribute; to give out sparingly
doleful
sorrowful
dolorous
mournful
dolt
a dull, stupid person
domicile
home; residence
donnybrook
rough, rowdy fight
dormant
asleep; inactive
dorsal
pertaining to the back
dossier
a complete group of documents containing detailed information
dotage
feeble-mindedness of old age
doughty
courageous; worthy
dour
gloomy
douse
to extinguish
dowdy
shabby; untidy
downtrodden
suppressed; trampled on
doyen
senior or eldest member
Draconian
severe; cruel
dregs
leftovers
drivel
stupid talk; childish nonsense
droll
amusing in an odd way
drone
a male bee; an idle person; to talk on and on monotonously
dross
waste matter
drudgery
hard, tiresome work
dual
consisting of two people or things
dubious
questionable
ductile
capable of being molded or shaped
dudgeon
anger, resentment
dulcet
pleasing to the ear
dulcimer
a type of zither
dupe
to deceive
duplicity
deceit; double-dealing
duress
force
dutiful
obedient
dwindle
to shrink
dynamo
a powerful person
dyspepsia
poor digestion
dysphasia
difficulty in speaking

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