Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Daedalian: intelligent, crafty, deft, practical, pertaining to Daedalus
Dalliance: flirtation, dawdling, procrastination, frivolous action
Daphnean: shy, timid, demure, modest, bashful
Dapple: a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters, different tones and hues
Dawn: daybreak, first light of day, the onset of an idea, enlightenment
Decrescendo: gradual lowering of tempo in music or in a situation
Degringolade: a rapid decline or deterioration, as in strength, position, or condition
Deign: to condescend to do something thought to be slightly beneath one's dignity
Delenda: that which needs to be deleted, something that has been deleted
Delineate: to describe, explain, or demonstrate
Deliquesce: to dissolve, transform into liquid from a solid
Delirium: state of mental disarray and unstable consciousness from intoxication or fever
Delitescent: hidden, concealed, kept secret
Dell: small, usually wooded valley, vale
Delphic: brotherly, oracular
Demarche: course of action, maneuver, specific movement
Demesne: a lord’s privately owned manor or section of land
Demure: shy, modest, reserved in demeanor or behavior, having sedate reserve or sobriety
Denouement: final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot
Desuetude: state of disuse, state of uselessness
Diablerie: dealing with the devil or devils, witchcraft, sorcery, consorting with demons
Diaphanous: light, delicate, gossamer, translucent
Diaspora: dissemination, dispersion, random or selective re-distribution
Dilettante: one who dabbles in an occupation or hobby without serious intent
Dioscuric: describing a twin, whether person or event, of a twin, of a duplicate
Dislodge: to remove or force out from a position or dwelling previously occupied
Dissemble: disguise or conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs, to mislead
Dissimulate: to conceal or disguise, to hide with the intent of deceit
Divisi: music term, divided, separated
Dulcet: sweet-sounding, mellisonant
Dulciloquy: speech characterized by sounding soft or sweet
Dulcimer: stringed instrument having three or four strings and a fretted fingerboard
Dulcinea: sweetheart, lovely person, one whom a person loves or cares about
Dyslexia: disorder in which lexical figures are perceived in a chaotic order

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