10 IMPORTANT WORDS
Starting with D
(1) Dauntless –
A person who cannot be frightened easily. He or She is always ready to face the challenges without hesitation.
Synonyms : Indomitable, Brave, Intrepid, Mettlesome, Gritty, Steely, Undaunted, Spirited, Plucky, Doughty, Resolute and Determined.
Antonyms : Daunted, Frightened, Terrified, Discouraged, Afraid, Intimidated, Scared and Fearful.
This word ‘Dauntless’ is an adjective (A word that qualifies a noun or a pronoun, is said to be an adjective.) This adjective is adjective of quality.
Use : The soldiers of Indian army are dauntless.
Here ‘The Soldier’ is a common noun and ‘Dauntless’ qualifies the noun ‘The soldier’ so we can say that ‘Dauntless’ is an adjective.
(2) Dearth –
Shortage of something, Not enough to fulfill the requirement, Not adequate to fulfill the demands.
Synonyms : Scarcity , lack, Laxity, Paucity, Shortage, Shortfall, Want, Scantiness, Meagreness, Inadequacy, Insufficiency and Deficiency.
Antonyms : Surplus, Redundance, Profusion, Lavishness, Extravagance, Exorbitance, Excess, Dissipation and Abundance.
This word ‘Dearth’ is a noun. This noun is ‘Abstract Noun’.
Use: There is a dearth of some eatables in the kitchen.
Here ‘Dearth’ is a noun that represents quality so this is an abstract noun.
(3) Dubious –
Not sure, not certain. A person who has suspicious nature. In idiomatic way, we can use ‘To smell a rat’. This idiom is also used for suspicious nature.
Synonyms : Doubtful, Dodgy, Fishy, Hesitant, Unconfirmed, Undetermined, Unresolved, Suspicious, Wavering, Unreliable, Ambiguous, Obscure and Questionable.
Antonyms : Unambiguous, Trustworthy, Positive, Honest, Determined, Doubtless, Unquestionable, Reliable, Unobscure, Indubious and Believable.
This word ‘Dubious’ is an adjective (A word that qualifies a noun or a pronoun, is said to be an adjective.) This adjective is adjective of quality.
Use : This person is different and dubious.
Here ‘Dubious’ is an adjective as this word qualifies the noun ‘the person’.
(4) Deleterious –
Causing harm or damage. A thing that is harmful in use.
Synonyms : Harmful, Detrimental, Destructive, Ruinous, Pernicious, Injurious, Inimical, Hurtful, Adverse, Noxious, Lethal and Damaging.
Antonyms : Noninfectious, Nonvenomous, Nonlethal, Beneficent, Curative, Remedial, Noncorrosive, Palliative, Nonfatal and Aiding.
This word ‘Deleterious’ is an adjective.
Use : The effect of smoking is deleterious.
Here ‘Deleterious’ is an adjective.
(5) Defile –
To damage the image or the appearance of someone.
Synonyms : Profane, Tarnish, Spoil, Degrade, Pollute, Corrupt, Defame, Stain, Ruin, Contaminated and sully.
Antonyms : Sanctify, Respect, Revere, Fame, Virginal, Immaculate, Pristine and Uncontaminated.
This word ‘Defile’ is a Verb or main action.
Use : His image in society is defiled due to his actions.
Here, defiled is the third form (Past Participle).
(6) Disdain –
A feeling that is not respected.
Synonyms : Hate, Hatred, Contempt, Scorn, Disrespect and Derision.
Antonyms : Appreciation, Praise, Admiration, Like, Commend, Refer, Respect and Honour.
This word ‘Disdain, can be used as ‘a noun’ and as ‘a verb’.
Use : I don’t like him or I disdain him.
Here ‘Disdain’ is a verb.
Terrorists have a great disdain for the society.
Here ‘Disdain’ is a noun.
(7) Devout –
One who is very religious. One who believes that there is a power which controls everything on the earth.
Synonyms : Religious, Saintly, Holy, Spiritual, Pious, Dedicated and Devoted.
Antonyms : Profane, Unholy, Impious and Irreligious.
This word ‘Devout’ is an adjective.
Use : Peter goes temple on Sundays. He looks devout.
Here ‘Devout’ is an adjective as this word qualifies the noun ‘Ravi’ which is a Proper noun.
(8) Delusion –
A belief that has no reality.
Synonyms : Hallucination, Illusion, Fantasy, Chimera, Fallacy, Deception, Deluding and Disbelief.
Antonyms : Fact, Reality and Disenchantment.
This word ‘Delusion’ is a noun.
Use : This world is nothing else, only delusion.
Here ‘Delusion’ is a noun.
(9) Delete –
To remove something or To erase something that is written.
Synonyms : Erase, Wipe out, Remove, Cut out, Eradicate, Strike out and Efface.
Antonyms : Add, Insert and Recover.
This word ‘Delete’ is a verb.
Use : Don’t delete this work as this is very important for me.
Here ‘Delete’ is a verb.
(10) Diffident –
Opposite of confidence, Not having optimism about his abilities.
Synonyms : Timid, Reserved, Timorous, Meek, Humble, Modest, Bashful, Discouraged and Shy.
Antonyms : Confident, Optimistic, Positive and Encouraged.
This word ‘Diffident’ is an adjective.
Use : He is looking more diffident than usual.
Here ‘Diffident’ is an adjective as this word qualifies the pronoun ‘He’ in this sentence.
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