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Barrons GRE Vocabulary List 5

converse: chat; talk informally; engage in a spoken exchange of thoughts
E.g.Eva is all ears while Lulu and Lola converse.

convert: change something into another form; transform
E.g.However, he suggests that this only be done if the convert is also willingly accepted into his position by the community.

convex: curving outward; having surface that bulges outward, as the exterior of sphere
E.g.He polished the convex lens of his telescope.

conveyance: act of conveying; tools of conveying, especially vehicle for transportation
E.g.During the transit strike, as common commuters I have to use other conveyance.

conviction: judgment that someone is guilty of crime; strongly held belief
E.g.Even her conviction for murder did not shake Peter's judgment that Harriet was innocent of the crime.

convivial: festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
E.g.The convivial celebrators of the victory sang their college songs.

convoke: call together; cause to assemble in meeting; convene
E.g.He has to convoke Congress at the outbreak of the emergency.

convoluted: coiled around; highly involved; intricate
E.g.His argument was so convoluted that few of us could follow it intelligently.

convulsion: unnatural and violent contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body; any violent and irregular motion or agitation; violent shaking; tumult
E.g.Mary gave him a brand-new "Barlow" knife worth twelve and a half cents; and the convulsion of delight that swept his system shook him to his foundations.

copious: plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
E.g.She had copious reasons for rejecting the proposal.

coquette: flirt; seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
E.g.Because she refused to give him an answer to his proposal of marriage, he called her a coquette.

cordial: gracious; showing warm and friendliness
E.g.Our hosts greeted us at the airport with a cordial welcome and a hearty hug.

cordon: line around an area to enclose or guard it
E.g.The police cordon was so tight that the criminals could not leave the area.

cornucopia: goat's horn overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance
E.g.The encyclopedia salesman claimed the new edition was a veritable cornucopia of information, an inexhaustible source of knowledge for the entire family.

corollary: natural consequence or effect; result
E.g.If I claim your arguments are idiotic, then the corollary is that my arguments are intelligent.

corporeal: bodily; of a material nature; tangible
E.g.The doctor had no patience with spiritual matters: his job was to attend to his patients' corporeal problems, not to minister to their souls.

corpulent: very fat; large in body; overweight
E.g.The corpulent man resolved to reduce.

correlate: relate; associate; bring into a mutual relation
E.g.I cannot correlate these two pieces of information.

correlation: mutual relationship; interdependence or interconnection relationship
E.g.He sought to determine the correlation that existed between ability in algebra and ability to interpret reading exercises.

corroborate: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence
E.g.Though Huck was quite willing to corroborate Tom's story, Aunt Polly knew better than to believe either of them.

corrode: destroy metal or alloy gradually, especially by chemical action; be eaten or worn away
E.g.The girders supporting the bridge will corrode so gradually that no one suspects any danger in future 10 years.

corrosive: eating away by chemicals or disease
E.g.Stainless steel is able to withstand the effects of corrosive chemicals.

corrugated: wrinkled; shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges
E.g.She wished she could smooth away the wrinkles from his corrugated brow.

cosmic: pertaining to the universe; vast
E.g.Cosmic rays derive their name from the fact that they bombard the earth's atmosphere from outer space.

coterie: group that meets socially; an exclusive circle of people with common purpose
E.g.After his book had been published, he was invited to join the literary coterie that lunched daily at the hotel.

countenance: give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve
E.g.He refused to countenance such rude behavior on their part.

countermand: cancel; revoke command or order; order or direct in opposition to; prohibit; forbid
E.g.The general decided to countermand the orders issued in his absence.

counterpart: duplicate copy; analogue; one that closely resembles another
E.g.Robinson becomes the Bishop of New Hampshire only weeks after John, his counterpart, was forced to stand down for fear his election would divide the Church.

couple: a male and female associated together; a pair who associate with one another
E.g.He catched amarried couple from Chicago.

courier: person who carries a message
E.g.A courier boy squeezed his way in the middle bulk of outgoing passengers.

court: enclosed space; courtyard; uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building
E.g.In the very middle of the court was a table, with a large dish of tarts upon it.

covenant: mutual agreement of two or more persons or parties; contract; stipulation
E.g.The money was given to us by deed of covenant.

covert: secretive, not openly shown
E.g.The covert military operation was not disclosed until weeks later after it was determined to be a success.

coy: quiet; still; tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved
E.g.He is being neither coy nor subtle, he is courting his own distorted view of the truth.

crabbed: characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical
E.g.The bitter check had wrung from me some tears; and now, as I sat poring over the crabbed characters and flourishing tropes of an Indian scribe, my eyes filled again.

crave: ask with earnestness or importunity; ask with submission or humility; beg
E.g.He knows that if they trust him, he can give them the happiness which they crave.

credence: credit; faith
E.g.A letter of credence is a letter sent by one head of state to another formally accrediting a named individual, usually but not always a diplomat.

creed: definite summary of what is believed; confession of faith for public use
E.g.The laws apply to everyone irrespective of race, creed or color.

creep: move slowly; move stealthily or cautiously
E.g.If it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door.

crevice: gap; a long narrow opening
E.g.The crevice passage twisted into this reef, curved directly to the north heel, and ran along the base of the rock.

cringe: shrink or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment; bend or crouch with base humility
E.g.One thing that makes me cringe is seeing politicians from the mainstream parties acting as apologists for voters.

criteria: standard, rule, or test on which a judgment or decision can be based
E.g.This spring, the health department established a set of criteria for such clinics, including an offer of primary-care appointments within 24 hours of first contact.

crochet: a kind of knitting done by means of a hooked needle, with worsted, silk, or cotton
E.g.She is good at crochet, especially for sweater.

crust: outer layer ; covering; coat; shell
E.g.Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the crust is a golden color.

cryptic: having hidden meaning; mystifying; using code or cipher
E.g.Here are a couple of verses written in cryptic rhyme from some of my currently published books.

cubicle: sleeping place partitioned off from a large dormitory; small compartment, as for work or study
E.g.I didn't enjoy sitting in cubicle, getting nervous about the annual review, and wondering if I would or would not get my 2 percent raise.

cuisine: kitchen or cooking department; food; manner or style of cooking; cookery
E.g.It appears that much of the cuisine is an intuitive affair, based on the state, and available ingredients.

culinary: of or relating to or used in cooking; relating to a kitchen
E.g.How long does it take to become a culinary cook?

cull: pick out from others; weed out; remove rejected members or parts from
E.g.You should cull the words you need to study from all the flash cards.

culvert: artificial channel for water; sewer or drain crossing under road
E.g.If we build a culvert under the road at this point, we will reduce the possibility of the road's being flooded during the rainy season.

cumbersome: heavy; difficult to handle because of weight or bulk
E.g.He was burdened down with cumbersome parcels.

cumulative: increasing by successive addition
E.g.Vocabulary building is a cumulative process: as you go through your flash cards, you will add new words to your vocabulary, one by one.

cunning: knowing; skillful; artful; designing; deceitful
E.g.I told him I knew nothing of him myself; I had heard him characterized as a cunning man.

cupidity: greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
E.g.The defeated people could not satisfy the cupidity of the conquerors, who demanded excessive tribute.

curator: one who manages museum or library; superintendent; manager
E.g.She believes the most important quality for a curator is a deep, engaged knowledge of and curiosity about what is happening in contemporary art.

curb: bend or curve; guide and manage, or restrain
E.g.Paradoxically, Ray's strong-arming may be helping to curb violence in Bangalore.

curmudgeon: ill-tempered person full of stubborn ideas or opinions
E.g.Although he was regarded by many as a curmudgeon, a few of us were aware of the many kindnesses and acts of charity that he secretly performed.

cursive: flowing, as writing letters joined one to another without raising pen; running
E.g.In normal writing we run our letters together in cursive form; in printing, we separate the letters.

cursory: casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
E.g.Because a cursory examination of the ruins indicates the possibility of arson, we believe the insurance agency should undertake a more extensive investigation of the fire's cause.

curtail: cut short or reduce; cut off end or tail, or any part
E.g.When Herb asked Diane for a date, she said she was really sorry she couldn't go out with him, her dad had ordered her to curtail her social life.

cynical: skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic
E.g.What I find sad, and cynical, is that this guy is essentially saying things will not be better by 2012.

cynosure: object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration; something that strongly attracts attention; center of attraction
E.g.As soon as the movie star entered the room, she became the cynosure of all eyes.

dabble: splash liquid gently and playfully; undertake something without serious intent
E.g.when they retire at the age of 45, they get another job, such as real estate agent and dabble in that industry.

dainty: delicately beautiful or charming; exquisite; gratification or pleasure taken in anything
E.g.I did her hair, soft-like, round her forehead, all in dainty curls, and just to one side of her neck I put a bunch of most beautiful purple pansies.

dais: raised platform for guests of honor
E.g.When he approached the dais, he was greeted by cheers from the people who had come to honor him.

dank: disagreeably damp or humid; cold moisture; unpleasant humidity
E.g.They're ten thousand miles away, hiding in dank caves and surrounded by hundreds people.

dapper: neatly dressed; very stylish in dress; lively and alert
E.g.In "The Odd Couple" TV show, Tony Randall played Felix Unger, an excessively dapper soul who could not stand to have a hair out of place.

dappled: spotted; having mottled or spotted skin or coat
E.g.The sunlight filtering through the screens created a dappled effect on the wall.

dart: move suddenly and rapidly
E.g.Your eyes take them in, then dart away to something else.

daunt: frighten; abate the courage of; discourage
E.g.Other northern employers were shocked that ex-slaves refused to work in conditions that would not daunt a farmer in the North.

dauntless: bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless
E.g.Despite the dangerous nature of the undertaking, the dauntless soldier volunteered for the assignment.

dawdle: proceed slowly; waste time
E.g.We have to meet a deadline so don't dawdle; just get down to work.

dazzle: overpower with light; confuse the sight of by brilliance of light; bewilder or surprise with brilliancy
E.g.His eyes dazzle before the strong light.

deadlock: standstill resulting from opposition of two forces or factions; stalemate
E.g.Because negotiations had reached a deadlock, some of the delegates had begun to mutter about breaking off the talks.

deadpan: wooden; impersonal; deliberately impassive or expressionless, as face or look
E.g.We wanted to see how long he could maintain his deadpan expression.

dearth: scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
E.g.The dearth of skilled labor compelled the employers to open trade schools.

debase: reduce in quality or value; lower in esteem; degrade
E.g.In The King and l, Anna refuses to kneel down and prostrate herself before the king, for she feels that to do so would debase her position.

debauch: corrupt; seduce from virtue
E.g.Did Socrates' teachings lead the young men of Athens to be virtuous citizens, or did they debauch the young men, causing them to question the customs of their fathers?

debilitate: make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
E.g.Michael's severe bout of the flu might debilitate him so much that he was too tired to go to work for a week.

debonair: friendly; of good appearance and manners; graceful
E.g.The debonair youth was liked by all who met him, because of his cheerful and obliging manner.

debunk: expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule
E.g.Pointing out that he consistently has voted against strengthening anti-pollution legislation, reporters debunk the candidate's claim that he is a fervent environmentalist.

debutante: young woman making formal entrance into society
E.g.After her father loses everything, the debutante is forced to flee, pursued by gangsters.

decadence: process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline; falling off or away; decay
E.g.The moral decadence of the people was reflected in the lewd literature of the period.

decapitate: behead; cut off the head of
E.g.They did not hang Lady Jane Grey; they beheaded her. "Off with her head!" cried the Duchess, eager to decapitate poor Alice.

decelerate: slow down rate of advancement of; decrease speed of
E.g.Seeing the emergency blinkers in the road ahead, I decelerate quickly.

deciduous: falling off as of leaves; falling off or shed at specific season or stage of growth
E.g.The oak is a deciduous tree; in winter it looks quite bare.

decimate: destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
E.g.We do more to decimate our population in automobile accidents than we do in war.

decipher: convert code into ordinary language; read with difficulty
E.g.Lacking his code book, the spy was unable to decipher the scrambled message sent to him from the KGB.

declivity: downward slope, as of a hill
E.g.The children loved to ski down the declivity.

decomposition: breakdown or decay of organic materials; act or result of decomposing
E.g.Despite the body's advanced state of decomposition, the police were able to identify the murdered man.

decorum: propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior
E.g.Keeping public decorum is an important factor in media credibility.

decoy: lure or bait; means used to mislead or lead into danger
E.g.The wild ducks were not fooled by the decoy.

decree: order from one having authority; decision, order, or sentence by court
E.g.The decree is signed establishing the School for Primary School Teachers, which later becomes the National Teachers.

decrepit: weakened, worn out, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use
E.g.The decrepit car blocked traffic on the highway.

decrepitude: state of collapse caused by illness or old age
E.g.I was unprepared for the state of decrepitude in which I had found my old friend; he seemed to have aged twenty years in six months.

decry: express strong disapproval of; disparage
E.g.The founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, would strongly decry the lack of financial and moral support for children in America today.

deducible: capable of being derived by reasoning from known principles or facts
E.g.If we accept your premise, your conclusions are easily deducible.

deface: mar or spoil appearance or surface; impair usefulness, value, or influence of
E.g.If you deface a library book, you will have to pay a hefty fine.

default: failure to act; an option that is selected automatically
E.g.When the visiting team failed to show up for the big game, they lost the game by default.

defeatist: attitude of one who is ready to accept defeat as a natural outcome
E.g.If you maintain your defeatist attitude, you will never succeed.

defect: abandon or turn against; cease or change one's loyalty
E.g.Pakistani terrorists regularly defect to another terrorist group with a totally different political platform.

defection: withdrawing support or help; act of abandoning something to which one is bound by allegiance or duty; failure in duty
E.g.The children, who had made him an idol, were hurt most by his defection from our cause.

defer: delay till later; put off; hold back to a later time
E.g.I would again defer to responsible judgment when we're dealing with these kind of things.

defiance: refusal to yield; readiness to contend or resist
E.g.Now I feel by imperceptible signs, which I cannot yet interpret but will later, that his defiance is about to thaw.

defile: pollute; make dirty or spotty
E.g.The hoodlums defile the church with their scurrilous writing.

definitive: final; complete; precisely defined or explicit
E.g.And finally, the utility of the skeleton would be mostly likely to aid in definitive identification.

deflect: turn aside; draw someone's attention away from something
E.g.No one believed that his life was saved because his cigarette case could deflect the bullet.

defoliate: strip leaves or branches from; cause leaves of plant, tree, or forest to fall off, especially by use of chemicals
E.g.In Vietnam the army made extensive use of chemical agents to defoliate the woodlands.

defray: pay costs of; undertake payment of; make compensation to or for
E.g.Her employer offered to defray the costs of her postgraduate education.

deft: quick and skillful; neat in action or performance
E.g.The deft waiter uncorked the champagne without spilling a drop.

defunct: dead; no longer in use or existence
E.g.The lawyers sought to examine the books of the defunct corporation.

degenerate: become worse; decline; fall
E.g.Not to appear to disgrace his family, to degenerate from the popular qualities, or lose the influence.

degradation: humiliation; debasement; decline to a lower condition, quality, or level
E.g.Some secretaries object to fetching the boss a cup of coffee, because they resent the degradation of being made to do such lowly tasks.

dehydrate: remove water from; dry out; lose water or bodily fluids
E.g.Running under a hot sun would quickly dehydrate the body; joggers soon learn to carry water bottles and to drink from them frequently.

deify: turn into a god; idolize or idealize; worship or revere as a god
E.g.Admire Elvis Presley all you want; just don't deify him.

deign: condescend to give or grant; esteem worthy; consider worth notice
E.g.Microsoft is accusing Google with regard to Google's new App Sync software, which allows Gmail users to tap into any records they might deign to keep in Outlook.

delete: erase; strike out; remove or make invisible
E.g.Less is more: if you delete this paragraph, your whole essay will have greater appeal.

deleterious: having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
E.g.If you believe that smoking is deleterious to your health, then quit!.

deliberate: consider; think about carefully; weigh
E.g.Offered the new job, she asked for time to deliberate before she told them her decision,.

delineate: portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
E.g.Using only a few descriptive phrases, you delineate the character of Mr. Collins so well that we can predict his every move.

delirium: mental disorder marked by confusion
E.g.In his delirium, the drunkard saw pink panthers and talking pigs.

delta: an area of flat land where a river spreads out into several smaller rivers before entering the sea
E.g.The Chevron Texaco oil company in Nigeria is using aircraft to evacuate hundreds of villagers from areas affected by unrest in the country's oil-producing southern delta region.

delude: deceive mind or judgment of; lead from truth or into error; frustrate or disappoint
E.g.His mistress may delude herself into believing that he would leave his wife and marry her.

deluge: great flood; heavy downpour; any overflowing of water
E.g.When we advertised the position, we received a deluge of applications.

delusion: false belief; mistaken or unfounded opinion
E.g.Don suffers from delusion of grandeur: he thinks he's a world-famous author when he's published just one paperback book.

delve: dig ground, as with spade; search deeply and laboriously
E.g.To delve into old books and manuscripts is part of a researcher's job.

demean: degrade; debase, as in dignity or social standing
E.g.Standing on his dignity, he refused to demean himself by replying to the offensive letter.

demeanor: conduct; management; way in which a person behaves
E.g.It'll be interesting to see what her demeanor is and what kind of witness she is.

demented: insane; mad; of unsound mind; mentally ill
E.g.What kind of demented image of him have you painted in your head? In fact, he is a real gentleman.

demise: end of existence or activity; termination
E.g.Upon the demise of the dictator, a bitter dispute about succession to power developed.

demolition: act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying
E.g.One of the major aims of the air force was the complete demolition of all means of transportation by bombing of rail lines and terminals.

demur: object because of doubts; hesitate
E.g.When offered a post on the board of directors, David had to demur: he had scruples about taking on the job because he was unsure he could handle it.

demure: modest and reserved in manner or behavior
E.g.She was demure and reserved, a nice modest girl whom any young man would be proud to take home to his mother.

denigrate: blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
E.g.All attempts to denigrate the character of our late president have failed; the people still love him and cherish his memory.

denizen: inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
E.g.In The Untouchables, Eliot Ness fights AI Capone and the other people of Chicago's underworld. Ness's fight against corruption was the talk of not one denizen but all of them of the local bars.

denomination: class, society, or collection of individuals called by the same name; specifically, a religious sect
E.g.Every denomination is experiencing tension, and Southern Baptists are no exception.

denotation: meaning or indication; distinguishing by name; something, such as a sign or symbol, that denotes
E.g.A dictionary will always give us the denotation of a word; frequently, it will also give us the connotations.

denounce: condemn openly; criticize; make known in formal manner
E.g.The reform candidate kept to denounce the corrupt city officers for having betrayed the public's trust.

depict: represent in a picture or sculpture; portray in words; describe
E.g.Here, we can see how the author to depict Beatle John Lennon as a drug-crazed neurotic.

deplete: decrease fullness of; use up or empty out
E.g.We must wait until we deplete our present inventory before we order replacements.

deplore: feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn; express sorrow or grief over; regret
E.g.Although I deplore the vulgarity of your language, I defend your right to express yourself freely.

deploy: position troops in readiness for combat, as along a front or line; put into use or action
E.g.The general ordered the battalion to deploy in order to meet the enemy offensive.

depose: force to leave; remove from office
E.g.The army attempted to depose the king and set up a military government.

deposition: testimony under oath; act of depositing, especially laying down of matter by natural process
E.g.He made his deposition in the judge's chamber.

depravity: extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
E.g.This bias towards evil is sometimes called depravity or original sin.

deprecate: express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
E.g.A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post must deprecate the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.

depreciate: lessen price or value of; think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle
E.g.If you neglect this property, it will depreciate.

depredation: plundering; destructive action; predatory attack; damage or loss
E.g.After the depredation of invaders, the people were penniless.

deranged: disordered; especially in mind; crazy; insane
E.g.How deranged is she to think that she can black-mail the possible next president of the US?

derelict: left and abandoned; negligent in performing a duty
E.g.As a former South Chicago community organizer, the President knows all about schools in derelict areas.

deride: ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
E.g.The critics deride his pretentious dialogue and refused to consider his play seriously.

derivative: unoriginal; derived from another source
E.g.Although her early poetry was clearly derivative in nature, the critics thought she had promise and eventually would find her own voice.

dermatologist: one who studies skin and its diseases
E.g.I advise you to consult a dermatologist about your finger inflammation.

derogatory: expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
E.g.I no longer care what they say of me, but I feel every word derogatory of you.

descry: catch sight of; discover by careful observation or scrutiny
E.g.In the distance, we could barely descry the enemy vessels.

desecrate: violate with violence, especially to sacred place
E.g.Shattering the altar and trampling the holy objects underfoot, the invaders desecrate the sanctuary.

desiccate: dry up thoroughly; make dry, dull, or lifeless; preserve foods by removing the moisture
E.g.A tour of this smokehouse will give you an idea of how the pioneers used to desiccate food in order to preserve it.

desolate: unpopulated; providing no shelter or sustenance; devoid of inhabitants
E.g.The sounds of Nature are detailed with great delicacy in this appeal, and we see that the Alps are referred to as desolate regions.

desolate: unpopulated; providing no shelter or sustenance; devoid of inhabitants
E.g.The sounds of Nature are detailed with great delicacy in this appeal, and we see that the Alps are referred to as desolate regions.

desperate: having lost all hope; dangerous; extremely intense
E.g.Alice felt so desperate that she was ready to ask help of any one.

despise: dislike intensely; regard with contempt or scorn
E.g.What they truly despise is the European Union, not any country.

despoil: deprive of something valuable by force; rob; take as spoils
E.g.If you do not yield, I am afraid the enemy will despoil the countryside.

despondent: in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
E.g.To the dismay of his parents, William became seriously despondent after he broke up with Jan; they despaired of finding a cure for his gloom.

despot: tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop
E.g.How could a benevolent king turn overnight into a despot?

destitute: extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
E.g.Because they had no health insurance, the father's costly illness left the family destitute.

desultory: aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject
E.g.In prison Malcolm X set himself the task of reading straight through the dictionary; to him, reading was purposeful, not desultory.

detached: emotionally removed; calm and objective; apart from others; separate
E.g.A psychoanalyst must maintain a detached point of view and stay uninvolved with his or her patients' personal lives.

detain: keep back or from; withhold; restrain from proceeding; stay or stop; delay
E.g.The power to detain people without filing criminal charges against them is a dictatorial power.

determination: act of making or arriving at a decision; putting an end to; termination
E.g.My only problem with this determination is the lack of certainty about the date of the questioned photo.

deterrent: something that discourages; tending to deter
E.g.As Bush's view , North Korea is the main deterrent from a peaceful resolution.

detonation: explosion; violent release of energy caused by chemical or nuclear reaction
E.g.The detonation of the bomb could be heard miles away.

detraction: slandering; act of discrediting from someone's reputation
E.g.He is offended by your today's detraction of his ability as a leader.

detrimental: causing damage or harm; injurious
E.g.The candidate's acceptance of major financial contributions from a well known racist ultimately proved detrimental to his campaign, for he lost the backing of many of his early grassroots supporters.

deviate: turn away from a principle, norm; depart; diverge
E.g.Richard did not deviate from his daily routine: every day he set off for work at eight o'clock, had his sack lunch at 12:15, and headed home at the stroke of five.

devious: departing from correct or accepted way; misleading; not straightforward
E.g.The story of Byzantine art, though not precisely devious, is not straightforward either.

devise: form, plan, or arrange in the mind; transmit or give by will
E.g.How clever he must be to devise such a devious plan!.

devoid: completely lacking; barren or empty
E.g.You may think her mind is a total void, but she's actually not devoid of intelligence. She just sounds like an airhead.

devotee: enthusiastic follower; one who is devoted or self-dedicated to a cause or practice
E.g.A devotee of the opera, he bought season tickets every year.

devout: expressing devotion or piety; earnest in religious field
E.g.Where he is described as a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave charity to the people, and prayed continually to God.

dexterous: skillful in the use of the hands; having mental skill
E.g.The magician was so dexterous that we could not follow him as he performed his tricks.

diabolical: extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
E.g.Cabinet's approval of the draft legislation was diabolical and contradicted the Bible, he said in a statement.

diffuse: spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely
E.g.Hamilton wished to concentrate power; Jefferson to diffuse power.

digression: wandering from the main path of a journey; diversion
E.g.This was the path to digression, as this is where I began to become slightly jaded.

dilapidated: in disrepair, run down; of very poor quality or condition
E.g.Rather than get discouraged, the architect saw great potential in the dilapidated house.

dilate: make wider or larger; cause to expand; enlarge; widen
E.g.I just had an eye exam and those eye drops that dilate your eyes makes things fuzzy!

dilemma: predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options
E.g.It could create a painful dilemma for the group's members: either accept a lower price or give up additional production quotas they have just given themselves.

dilute: weaken; make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water
E.g.A couple of years back you very loudly opposed the creation of "60 MINUTES 2", I think, that it might dilute the brand that you helped build up.

din: loud, confused, harsh noise; loud, continuous, rattling or clanging sound
E.g.They were unable to sleep because of the din coming from the bar.

dingy: darkened with smoke and grime; dirty or discolored
E.g.The only observation I have is the colors are a bit too gloomy and dingy.