GMAT word list ‘D” – 269 Words

dais

a platform raised above the surrounding level

dally

behave carelessly or indifferently

dank

unpleasantly cool and humid

dapper

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

dappled

having spots or patches of color

daub

an unskillful painting

dauntless

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

daunt

cause to lose courage

dawdle

hang or fall in movement, progress, development, etc.

deadlock

a situation in which no progress can be made

deadpan

deliberately impassive in manner

dearth

an insufficient quantity or number

debacle

a sudden and complete disaster

debase

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

debauch

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking

debilitate

make weak

debonair

having a sophisticated charm

debris

the remains of something that has been destroyed

debunk

expose while ridiculing

debutante

a young woman making her formal entrance into society

decadence

the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities

decant

pour out

decapitate

cut the head off of

decelerate

lose velocity; move more slowly

deciduous

shedding foliage at the end of the growing season

decimate

kill in large numbers

decipher

convert code into ordinary language

declivity

a downward slope or bend

decollete

(of a garment) having a low-cut neckline

decomposition

the organic phenomenon of rotting

decorum

propriety in manners and conduct

decoy

something used to lure fish or other animals

decrepitude

a state of deterioration due to old age or long use

decry

express strong disapproval of

deducible

capable of being figured out by what is known

deface

mar or spoil the appearance of

defamation

an abusive attack on a person’s character or good name

default

an option that is selected automatically

defeatist

someone who is resigned to an unsuccessful ending

defection

withdrawing support or help despite allegiance

deference

courteous regard for people’s feelings

defile

make dirty or spotty

definitive

clearly formulated

deflect

turn from a straight course or fixed direction

defoliate

deprived of leaves

defray

bear the expenses of

defrock

remove from one’s position in the church

deft

skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

defunct

no longer in force or use; inactive

degenerate

a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable

degrade

reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

dehydrate

remove water from

deify

exalt to the position of a God

deign

do something that one considers to be below one’s dignity

deleterious

harmful to living things

delete

cut or eliminate

deliberate

carefully thought out in advance

delineate

represented accurately or precisely

delirium

a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion

delta

the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet

delude

be dishonest with

deluge

a heavy rain

delusion

a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea

delusive

inappropriate to reality or facts

delve

turn up, loosen, or remove earth

demagogue

a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions

demeanor

the way a person behaves toward other people

demean

reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

demented

affected with madness or insanity

demise

the time when something ends

demographic

a statistic characterizing human populations

demolition

the act of destroying completely

demoniac

someone who acts as if possessed by a demon

demotic

of or for the common people

demure

shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

denizen

a plant or animal naturalized in a region

denotation

the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

denouement

the outcome of a complex sequence of events

denounce

speak out against

depict

give a description of

deplete

use up, as resources or materials

duplicity

the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith

deplore

express strong disapproval of

deploy

place troops or weapons in battle formation

depose

force to leave an office

deposition

the act of putting something somewhere

depravity

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

deprecate

express strong disapproval of; deplore

depreciate

decline in value

depredation

an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding

deranged

driven insane

derelict

a person without a home, job, or property

deride

treat or speak of with contempt

derision

the act of treating with contempt

derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

dermatologist

a doctor who specializes in the physiology of the skin

derogatory

expressive of low opinion

descry

catch sight of

desecrate

violate the sacred character of a place or language

desiccate

lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

desolate

providing no shelter or sustenance

desperado

a bold outlaw

despicable

morally reprehensible

despise

look down on with disdain

despoil

plunder or steal goods

despondent

without or almost without hope

despotism

dominance through threat of punishment and violence

destitute

poor enough to need help from others

desultory

marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose

detached

no longer connected or joined

determinate

supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

deterrent

something immaterial that interferes with action or progress

detonation

the act of setting off an explosive

detraction

a petty disparagement

detrimental

causing harm or injury

deviate

turn aside; turn away from

devious

turning away from a straight course

devoid

completely wanting or lacking

devolve

pass on or delegate to another

devotee

an ardent follower and admirer

devout

deeply religious

dexterous

skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

diabolical

showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness

diadem

an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty

dialect

the usage or vocabulary characteristic of a group of people

diaphanous

so thin as to transmit light

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

dichotomy

a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

dictum

an authoritative declaration

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

die

lose all bodily functions necessary to sustain life

diffidence

lack of self-assurance

diffusion

the act of dispersing something

dilapidated

in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration

dilate

become wider

dilatory

wasting time

dilemma

state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

diligence

conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task

dilute

lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

diminution

change toward something smaller or lower

dinghy

a small boat of shallow draft

dingy

thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot

dint

force or effort

din

a loud harsh or strident noise

diorama

a picture representing a continuous scene

dire

fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless

dirge

a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

disaffected

discontented as toward authority

disapprobation

pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable

disarray

untidiness, especially of clothing and appearance

disavowal

denial of any connection with or knowledge of

disband

cause to break up or cease to function

disburse

expend, as from a fund

discernible

perceptible by the senses or intellect

discerning

having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

disclaim

make a disavowal about

disclose

expose to view as by removing a cover

discombobulated

having self-possession upset; thrown into confusion

discomfit

cause to lose one’s composure

disconcert

cause to lose one’s composure

disconsolate

sad beyond comforting; incapable of being soothed

discordant

not in agreement or harmony

discount

an amount or percentage deducted

discourse

an extended communication dealing with some particular topic

discredit

the state of being held in low esteem

discrepancy

a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

discretion

power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies

discrimination

unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice

discursive

tending to cover a wide range of subjects

disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

disembark

exit from a ship, vehicle, or aircraft

disenfranchise

deprive of voting rights

disengage

release from something that holds fast or entangles

disfigure

mar or spoil the appearance of

disgorge

eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

disgruntle

put into a bad mood or into bad humour

dishearten

take away the enthusiasm of

disheveled

in disarray; extremely disorderly

disinclination

a certain degree of unwillingness

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

disinterested

unaffected by concern for one’s own welfare

disinter

dig up for reburial or for medical investigation

disjointed

taken apart at the points of connection

dislodge

remove or force from a position previously occupied

dismantle

take off or remove

dismember

separate the limbs from the body

dismiss

stop associating with

disparage

express a negative opinion of

disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

disparity

inequality or difference in some respect

dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

dispatch

the act of sending off something

dispel

to cause to separate and go in different directions

disperse

move away from each other

dispirited

showing no enthusiasm

disport

occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion

disputatious

showing an inclination to disagree

disquisition

an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion

dissection

cutting so as to separate into pieces

dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

disseminate

cause to become widely known

dissent

a difference of opinion

dissertation

a treatise advancing a point of view resulting from research

dissident

a person who objects to some established policy

dissimulate

hide feelings from other people

dissipate

cause to separate and go in different directions

dissolution

separation into component parts

dissonance

disagreeable sounds

dissuade

turn away from by persuasion

distant

separated in space or coming from far away

distend

cause to expand as if by internal pressure

distill

undergo condensation

distortion

a shape resulting from being deformed

distrait

having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety

distraught

deeply agitated especially from emotion

diurnal

having a daily cycle or occurring every day

diva

a distinguished female operatic singer

divergent

tending to move apart in different directions

diverge

move or draw apart

diverse

distinctly dissimilar or unlike

diversion

a turning aside

diversity

noticeable variety

divest

take away possessions from someone

divine

a clergyman or other person in religious orders

divulge

make known to the public information previously kept secret

docile

easily handled or managed

docket

a temporally organized plan for matters to be attended to

doctrinaire

a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions

document

a representation of a person’s thinking with symbolic marks

doddering

mentally or physically infirm with age

doff

remove

dogged

stubbornly unyielding

doggerel

a comic verse of irregular measure

dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

doldrums

a belt of calms between the Atlantic and Pacific trade winds

dolorous

showing sorrow

dolt

a person who is not very bright

domicile

housing that someone is living in

domineer

rule or exercise power over in a cruel and autocratic manner

don

teacher at a university or college

dormant

inactive but capable of becoming active

dormer

a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof

dorsal

on or near the back of an animal or organ

dossier

papers containing detailed information about a person

dotage

mental infirmity as a consequence of old age

dote

shower with love; show excessive affection for

dour

showing a brooding ill humor

douse

wet thoroughly

dowdy

lacking in stylishness or taste

downcast

filled with melancholy and despondency

drab

a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown

dregs

sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid

droll

comical in an odd or whimsical manner

drone

make a monotonous low dull sound

dross

worthless or dangerous material that should be removed

drudgery

hard, monotonous, routine work

dubious

fraught with uncertainty or doubt

ductility

capacity to be drawn into threads or hammered into sheets

dulcet

pleasing to the ear

dupe

fool or hoax

duress

compulsory force or threat

dutiful

willingly obedient out of a sense of respect

dwindle

become smaller or lose substance

dynamic

characterized by action or forcefulness of personality

dyspeptic

suffering from indigestion
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