Gmat, P11-12 – 54 Words

debauch

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking

debutante

a young woman making her formal entrance into society

decadence

the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities

decapitate

cut the head off of

deciduous

shedding foliage at the end of the growing season

decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste

decry

express strong disapproval of

deference

courteous regard for people’s feelings

defile

make dirty or spotty

deft

skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

defunct

no longer in force or use; inactive

deleterious

harmful to living things

deluge

a heavy rain

demagogue

a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions

demean

reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

depravity

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

deprecate

express strong disapproval of; deplore

deride

treat or speak of with contempt

desecrate

violate the sacred character of a place or language

desiccate

lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

despondent

without or almost without hope

desultory

marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

dichotomy

a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

disburse

expend, as from a fund

disconsolate

sad beyond comforting; incapable of being soothed

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

discursive

tending to cover a wide range of subjects

disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

disjointed

taken apart at the points of connection

disparage

express a negative opinion of

disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

disparity

inequality or difference in some respect

dispirit

lower someone’s spirits; make downhearted

dissipate

cause to separate and go in different directions

distend

cause to expand as if by internal pressure

distraught

deeply agitated especially from emotion

docile

easily handled or managed

dotage

mental infirmity as a consequence of old age

dour

showing a brooding ill humor

droll

comical in an odd or whimsical manner

dulcet

pleasing to the ear

duplicity

the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith

duress

compulsory force or threat

ebb

the outward flow of the tide

ebullient

joyously unrestrained

eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

edify

make understand
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