(n.) to harm a name or reputation; to slander
The carpenter felt that the notoriousness of his former partner brought
defamation to his construction business.
(n.) a yielding of opinion; courteous respect for
To avoid a confrontation, the man showed deference to his friend.
The deference shown to the elderly woman's opinion was heartwarming.
(adj.) yielding to the opinion of another
After debating students living in the Sixth Ward for months, the mayor's
deferential statements indicated that he had come to some understanding
(adj.) no longer living or existing
The man lost a large sum of money when the company went defunct.
(v.) condescend; stoop
He said he wouldn't deign to dignify her statement with a response.
Fired from his job as a programmer analyst, Joe vowed he would never
deign to mop floors-even if he were down to his last penny.
(adj.) harmful; hurtful; noxious
Deleterious fumes escaped from the overturned truck.
(v.; adj.) to consider carefully; weigh in the mind; intentional
The jury deliberated for three days before reaching a verdict.
The brother's deliberate attempt to get his sibling blamed for his mistake
was obvious to all.
(v.) to outline; to describe
She delineated her plan so that everyone would have a basic
understanding of it.
(v.) to dissolve
The snow deliquesced when the temperature rose.
(n.) a false belief or opinion
The historian suffered from the delusion that he was Napoleon.
(n.) ceasing to exist as in death
The demise of Gimbels followed years of decline.
(v.; n.) to object; objection; misgiving
She hated animals, so when the subject of buying a cat came up, she
She said yes, but he detected a demur in her voice.
She was nominated to sit on the committee, but she demurred.
The council president called for a vote, and hearing no demur, asked for
a count by the clerk.
(v.) to defame, to blacken or sully; to belittle
After finding out her evil secret, he announced it to the council and
denigrated her in public.
Her attempt to denigrate the man's name was not successful.
(v.) to speak out against; condemn
A student rally was called to denounce the use of drugs on campus.
(v.) to portray; describe
The mural depicts the life of a typical urban dweller.
(v.) to reduce; to empty, exhaust
Having to pay the entire bill will deplete the family's savings.
(n.) a removal from office or power; a testimony
Failing to act lawfully could result in his deposition.
She met with her lawyer this morning to review her deposition.
(n.) moral corruption; badness
Drugs and money caused depravity throughout the once decorous
The depravity of the old man was bound to land him in jail one day.
(v.) to express disapproval of; to protest against
The environmentalists deprecated the paper companies for cutting down
The organization will deprecate the opening of the sewage plant.
(n.) a plundering or laying waste
The pharaoh's once rich tomb was empty after centuries of depredation
from grave robbers.
(v.) to laugh at with contempt; to mock
No matter what he said, he was derided.
It is impolite to deride someone even if you dislike him.