Desperate means nearly hopeless or undertaken as a last resort. We are taking desperate measures to avoid another strike. Disparate means completely distinct or different. The candidates’ ideas reflect disparate visions of government’s role.
Desolate means uninhabited or miserable. Chris and Bill decided to retire in a desolate part of Maine. The children are desolate over the loss of their dog last year. Dissolute means lacking in moral standards. I regret having lived a dissolute lifestyle in my younger years.
Descension means to descend, fall, or sink. The team’s sudden descension in the rankings surprised many. Dissension means disagreement or a difference of opinion. Dissension exists over where the new town hall should be built.
Deprecate means to disapprove of or belittle something. Tom deprecated his contributions to the company’s success. Depreciate means to lower the value or worth of something. Years of city driving drastically depreciated my car’s value.
Depraved means morally bad or corrupt. A depraved person can have a bad influence on other people. Deprived means lacking economic or social necessities. We distributed the food baskets to deprived neighborhoods.
Depose means to remove someone from a position (or power) or to take one’s testimony. Employees want to depose him from his high company position. Investigators will depose the witness behind close doors. Dispose means to settle affairs or be inclined to do something. The lawyer appointed Celeste to dispose our mother’s estate. Please dispose […]
Denounce means to criticize or condemn something openly. The new drug was denounced as ineffective and harmful. Renounce means to give up claim to something. The engineer willingly renounced all ownership to the software.
Demur means to voice opposition, objection, or delay. Jim may demur at the suggestion that we start the meeting now. Demure means modest, reserved, or shy. Peter appears demure despite all of his accomplishments.