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desiccate: a tour of this smokehouse will give you an idea of how the pioneers used to desiccate food in order to preserve it
despondent: to the dismay of his parents, he became seriously despondent after he broke up with Jane
detached: a psychoanalyst must maintain a detached point of view and stay uninvolved with his patients' personal lives
emotionally removed; calm and objective; physically unconnected
deterrent: does the threat of capital punishment serve as a deterrent to potential killers?
something that discourages; hindrance
detrimental: the candidate's acceptance of major financial contributions from a well-known racist ultimately proved detrimental to his campaign.
devious: the Joker's plan was do devious that it was only with great difficulty we could folloe its shifts and dodges
roundabout; erratic; not straightforward
devise: how clever he must be to have devised such a devious plan!
think up; invent; plan
diffidence: you must overcome your diffidence if you intend to become a salesperson
diffuse: if you pay authors by the word, you tempt them to produce diffuse manuscripts rather than brief ones
wordy; rambling; spread out
digression: nobody minded when his lectures wandered away from their official theme; his digressions were always more fascinating than the topic of the day
wandering away from the subject
dilatory: if you are dilatory in paying bills, your credit rating may suffer
diminution: he was as sharp at eighty as he had been at fifty; increasing age led to no diminution of hid mental acuity
lessening; reduction in size
discerning: though no genius, the star was sufficiently discerning to tell her true friends from the countless phonies who flattered her.
mentally quick and observant; having insight
disclose: although competitors offered him bribes, he refused to disclose any information about his company's forthcoming product
discordant: nothing is quite discordant as the sound of a junior high school orchestra tuning up
not harmonious; conflicting
discount: be prepared to discount what he has to say about his ex-wife
discourse: the young Plato was drawn to the Agora to hear the philosophical discourse of Socrates and his followers
formal discussion; conversation
discrepancy: the police noticed some discrepancies in his description of the crime and did not believe him
lack of consistency; difference
disdain: in the film, the bookish heroine disdained fashion models for their lack of intellectual interests
view with scorn or contempt