Barron's 3500 list 15

  1. dishearten
    V. discourage; cause to lose courage or hope. His failure to pass the bar exam disheartened him.
  2. disheveled
    ADJ. untidy. Your disheveled appearance will hurt your chances in this interview.
  3. disinclination
    N. unwillingness. Some mornings I feel a great disinclination to get out of bed
  4. disingenuous
    ADJ. lacking genuine candor; insincere. Now that we know the mayor and his wife are engaged in a bitter divorce fight, we find their earlier remarks regretting their lack of time together remarkably disingenuous.
  5. disinter
    V. dig up; unearth. They disinterred the body and held an autopsy.
  6. disinterested
    ADJ. unprejudiced. Given the judge's political ambitions and the lawyers' financial interest in the case, the only disinterested person in the courtroom may have been the court reporter.
  7. disjointed
    ADJ. disconnected. His remarks were so disjointed that we could not follow his reasoning.
  8. dislodge
    V. remove (forcibly). Thrusting her fist up under the choking man's lower ribs, Margaret used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food caught in his throat.
  9. dismantle
    V. take apart. When the show closed, they dismantled the scenery before storing it.
  10. dismay
    V. discourage; frighten. The huge amount of work she had left to do dismayed her. also N.
  11. dismember
    V. cut into small parts. When the Austrian Empire was dismembered, several new countries were established.
  12. dismiss
    V. put away from consideration; reject. Believing in John's love for her, she dismissed the notion that he might be unfaithful. (secondary meaning)
  13. disparage
    V. belittle. A doting mother, Emma was more likely to praise her son's crude attempts at art than to disparage them.
  14. disparate
    ADJ. basically different; unrelated. Unfortunately, Tony and Tina have disparate notions of marriage: Tony sees it as a carefree extended love affair, while Tina sees it as a solemn commitment to build a family and a home.
  15. disparity
    N. difference; condition of inequality. Their disparity in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.
  16. dispassionate
    ADJ. calm; impartial. Known in the company for his cool judgment, Bill could impartially examine the causes of a problem, giving a dispassionate analysis of what had gone wrong, and go on to suggest how to correct the mess.
  17. dispatch
    N. speediness; prompt execution; message sent with all due speed. Young Napoleon defeated the enemy with all possible dispatch; he then sent a dispatch to headquarters informing his commander of the great victory. alsoV.
  18. dispel
    V. scatter; drive away; cause to vanish. The bright sunlight eventually dispelled the morning mist.
  19. disperse
    V. scatter. The police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protesters. dispersion, N.
  20. dispirited
    ADJ. lacking in spirit. The coach used all the tricks at his command to buoy up the enthusiasm of his team, which had become dispirited at the loss of the star player.
  21. disputatious
    ADJ. argumentative; fond of arguing. Convinced he knew more than his lawyers, Alan was a disputatious client, ready to argue about the best way to conduct the case. disputant, N.
  22. disquiet
    V. make uneasy or anxious. Holmes's absence for a day, slightly disquieted Watson; after a week with no word, however, Watson's uneasiness about his missing friend had grown into a deep fear for his safety. disquietude, N.
  23. dissection
    N. analysis; cutting apart in order to examine. The dissection of frogs in the laboratory is particularly unpleasant to some students.
  24. dissemble
    V. disguise; pretend. Even though John tried to dissemble his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew he was there not to dance but to meet girls.
  25. disseminate
    V. distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds). By their use of the Internet, propagandists have been able to disseminate their pet doctrines to new audiences around the globe.
  26. dissent
    V. disagree. In the recent Supreme Court decision, Justice O'Connor dissented from the majority opinion. also N.
  27. dissertation
    N. formal essay. In order to earn a graduate degree from many of our universities, a candidate is frequently required to prepare a dissertation on some scholarly subject.
  28. dissident
    ADJ. dissenting; rebellious. In the purge that followed the student demonstrations at Tiananmen Square, the government hunted down the dissident students and their supporters. also N.
  29. dissimulate
    V. pretend; conceal by feigning. She tried to dissimulate her grief by her exuberant attitude.
  30. dissipate
    V. squander; waste; scatter. He is a fine artist, but I fear he may dissipate his gifts if he keeps wasting his time playing games.
  31. dissolute
    ADJ. loose in morals. The dissolute life led by the ancient Romans is indeed shocking.
  32. dissolution
    N. breaking of a union; decay; termination. Which caused King Lear more suffering: the dissolution of his kingdom into warring factions, or the dissolution of his aged, failing body?
  33. dissonance
    N. discord. Composer Charles Ives often used dissonance-clashing or unresolved chords-for special effects in his musical works.
  34. dissuade
    V. persuade not to do; discourage. Since Tom could not dissuade Huck from running away from home, he decided to run away with him. dissuasion, N.
  35. distant
    ADJ. reserved or aloof; cold in manner. His distant greeting made me feel unwelcome from the start. (secondary meaning)
  36. distend
    V. expand; swell out. I can tell when he is under stress by the way the veins distend on his forehead.
  37. distill
    V. extract the essence; purify; refine. A moonshiner distills mash into whiskey; an epigrammatist distills thoughts into quips.
  38. distinction
    N. honor; contrast; discrimination. A holder of the Medal of Honor, George served with great distinction in World War II. He made a distinction, however, between World War II and Vietnam, which he considered an immoral conflict.
  39. distort
    V. twist out of shape. It is difficult to believe the newspaper accounts of the riots because of the way some reporters distort and exaggerate the actual events. distortion, N.
  40. distraught
    ADJ. upset; distracted by anxiety. The distraught parents frantically searched the ravine for their lost child.
  41. diurnal
    ADJ. daily. A farmer cannot neglect his diurnal tasks at any time; cows, for example, must be milked regularly.
  42. diva
    N. operatic singer; prima donna. Although world famous as a diva, she did not indulge in fits of temperament. ..
  43. diverge
    V. vary; go in different directions from the same point. The spokes of the wheel diverge from the hub.
  44. divergent
    ADJ. differing; deviating. Since graduating from medical school, the two doctors have taken divergent paths, one going on to become a nationally prominent surgeon, the other dedicating himself to a small family practice in his home town. divergence, N.
  45. diverse
    ADJ. differing in some characteristics; various. The professor suggested diverse ways of approaching the assignment and recommended that we choose one of them. diversity, N.
  46. diversion
    N. act of turning aside; pastime. After studying for several hours, he needed a diversion from work. divert,V.
  47. diversity
    N. variety; dissimilitude. The diversity of colleges in this country indicates that many levels of ability are being cared for.
  48. divest
    V. strip; deprive. He was divested of his power to act and could no longer govern. divestiture, N.
  49. divine
    V. perceive intuitively; foresee the future. Nothing infuriated Tom more than Aunt Polly's ability to divine when he was telling the truth.
  50. divulge
    V. reveal. No lover of gossip, Charlotte would never divulge anything that a friend told her in confidence.
  51. docile
    ADJ. obedient; easily managed. As docile as he seems today, that old lion was once a ferocious, snarling beast. docility, N.
  52. doctrinaire
    ADJ. unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding. Weng had hoped that the student-led democracy movement might bring about change in China, but the repressive response of the doctrinaire hard-liners crushed his dreams of democracy.
  53. doctrine
    N. teachings, in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc.) taught. He was so committed to the doctrines of his faith that he was unable to evaluate them impartially.
  54. document
    V. provide written evidence. She kept all the receipts from her business trip in order to document her expenses for the firm. also N.
  55. doff
    V. take off. A gentleman used to doff his hat to a lady.
  56. dogged
    ADJ. determined; stubborn. Les Miserables tells of Inspector Javert's long, dogged pursuit of the criminal Jean Valjean.
  57. doggerel
    N. poor verse. Although we find occasional snatches of genuine poetry in her work, most of her writing is mere doggerel.
  58. dogmatic
    ADJ. opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal. We tried to discourage Doug from being so dogmatic, but never could convince him that his opinions might be wrong.
  59. doldrums
    N. blues; listlessness; slack period. Once the excitement of meeting her deadline was over, she found herself in the doldrums.
  60. doleful
    ADJ. sorrowful. He found the doleful lamentations of the bereaved family emotionally disturbing and he left as quickly as he could.
  61. dolt
    N. stupid person. I thought I was talking to a mature audience; instead, I find myself addressing a pack of dolts and idiots.
  62. domicile
    N. home. Although his legal domicile was in New York City, his work kept him away from his residence for many years. alsoV.
  63. domineer
    V. rule over tyrannically. Students prefer teachers who guide, not ones who domineer.
  64. don
    V. put on. When Clark Kent has to don his Superman outfit, he changes clothes in a convenient phone booth.
  65. doodle
    V. scribble or draw aimlessly; waste time. Art's teachers scolded him when he doodled all over the margins of his papers.
  66. dormant
    ADJ. sleeping; lethargic; latent. At fifty her longdormant ambition to write flared up once more; within a year she had completed the first of her great historical novels.
  67. dormer
    N. window projecting from roof. In remodeling the attic into a bedroom, we decided that we needed to put in dormers to provide sufficient ventilation for the new room.
  68. dossier
    N. file of documents on a subject. Ordered by J. Edgar Hoover to investigate the senator, the FBI compiled a complete dossieron him.
  69. dote
    V. be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline. Not only grandmothers bore you with stories about their brilliant grandchildren; grandfathers dote on the little rascals, too. Poor old Alf clearly doted: the senile old dotard was past it; in fact, he was in his dotage.
  70. douse
    V. plunge into water; drench; extinguish. They doused each other with hoses and water balloons.
  71. dowdy
    ADJ. slovenly; untidy. She tried to change her dowdy image by buying a new fashionable wardrobe.
  72. downcast
    ADJ. disheartened; sad. Cheerful and optimistic by nature, Beth was never downcast despite the difficulties she faced.
  73. drab
    ADJ. dull; lacking color; cheerless. The Dutch woman's drab winter coat contrasted with the distinctive, colorful native costume she wore beneath it.
  74. draconian
    ADJ. extremely severe. When the principal canceled the senior prom because some seniors had been late to school that week, we thought the draconian punishment was far too harsh for such a minor violation of the rules.
  75. dregs
    N. sediment; worthless residue. David poured the wine carefully to avoid stirring up the dregs.
  76. drivel
    N. nonsense; foolishness. Why do I have to spend my days listening to such idiotic drivel? Drivel is related to dribble: think of a dribbling, driveling idiot.
  77. droll
    ADJ. queer and amusing. He was a popular guest because his droll anecdotes were always entertaining.
  78. drone
    N. idle person; male bee. Content to let his wife support him, the would-be writer was in reality nothing but a drone.
  79. drone
    V. talk dully; buzz or murmur like a bee. On a gorgeous day, who wants to be stuck in a classroom listening to the teacher drone ?
  80. dross
    N. waste matter; worthless impurities. Many methods have been devised to separate the valuable metal from the dross.
  81. drudgery
    N. menial work. Cinderella's fairy godmother rescued her from a life of drudgery.
  82. dubious
    ADJ. questionable; filled with doubt. Many critics of SAT I contend the test is of dubious worth. Jay claimed he could get a perfect 1600 on SAT I, but Ellen was dubious: she knew he hadn't cracked a book in three years.
  83. ductile
    ADJ. malleable; flexible; pliable. Copper is an extremely ductile material: you can stretch it into the thinnest of wires, bend it, even wind it into loops.
  84. dulcet
    ADJ. sweet sounding. The dulcet sounds of the birds at dawn were soon drowned out by the roar of traffic passing our motel.
  85. dumbfound
    V. astonish. Egbert's perfect 1600 on his SAT I exam dumbfounded his classmates, who had always found him to be perfectly dumb.
  86. dupe
    N. someone easily fooled. While the gullible Watson often was made a dupe by unscrupulous parties, Sherlock Holmes was far more difficult to fool. alsoV.
  87. duplicity
    N. double-dealing; hypocrisy. When Tanya learned that Mark had been two-timing her, she was furious at his duplicity.
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