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defile
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v. pollute; make dirty or spotty
The hoodlums defile the church with their scurrilous writing.
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deform
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v. change shape by stress; become misshapen; make formless
The heat will deform the plastic sculpture.
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defray
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v. pay costs of; undertake payment of; make compensation to or for
Her employer offered to defray the costs of her postgraduate education.
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deft
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a. quick and skillful; neat in action or performance
The deft waiter uncorked the champagne without spilling a drop.
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defunct
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a. dead; no longer in use or existence
The lawyers sought to examine the books of the defunct corporation.
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deign
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v. condescend to give or grant; esteem worthy; consider worth notice
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.
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delirium
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n. a mental disorder marked by confusion
In his delirium, the drunkard saw pink panthers and talking pigs.
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delude
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v. deceive mind or judgment of; lead from truth or into error; frustrate or disappoint
His mistress may delude herself into believing that he would leave his wife and marry her.
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deluge
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n. great flood; heavy downpour; any overflowing of water
When we advertised the position, we received a deluge of applications.
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delve
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v. dig the ground, as with spade; search deeply and laboriously
To delve into old books and manuscripts is part of a researcher's job.
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demean
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v. degrade; debase, as in dignity or social standing
Standing on his dignity, he refused to demean himself by replying to the offensive letter.
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demur
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v. object because of doubts; hesitate
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.
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demure
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a. modest and reserved in manner or behavior
She was demure and reserved, a nice modest girl whom any young man would be proud to take home to his mother.
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denounce
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v. condemn openly; criticize; make known in a formal manner
The reform candidate kept denouncing the corrupt city officers for having betrayed the public's trust.
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depict
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v. represent in a picture or sculpture; portray in words; describe
Here, we can see how the author to depict Beatle John Lennon as a drug-crazed neurotic.
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deplete
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v. decrease fullness of; use up or empty out
We must wait until we deplete our present inventory before we order replacements.
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deplore
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v. feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn; express sorrow or grief over; regret
Although I deplore the vulgarity of your language, I defend your right to express yourself freely.
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depose
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v. force to leave; remove from office
The army attempted to depose the king and set up a military government.
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depravity
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n. extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
This bias towards evil is sometimes called depravity or original sin.
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depreciation
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n. devaluation; decrease in price or value
These days we all see a depreciation of the dollar against the yen.
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