The Phrontistery

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Word Definition
dacnomania obsession with killing
dacoitage robbery by gang or mob
dacryops wateriness of the eyes
dactylioglyph engraver of rings or of gems
dactyliology study of rings
dactyliomancy divination by means of a finger
dactylogram fingerprint
dactylography the study of fingerprints
dactyloid like or resembling a finger
dactylology study of sign language
dactylomancy divination using rings
dactylomegaly condition of having abnormally large digits
dactylonomy counting using the fingers and toes
dactyloscopy comparing fingerprints for purpose of identification
dado large wooden moulding along bottom of wall
daedal formed with art; displaying inventive skill
daedalist aviator; pilot
dag dirty tatted tuft of sheep's wool
dal a dried legume, such as lentils, beans or peas
dalmatic ecclesiastical robe or other outer vestment
dalton unit of atomic mass
damascene decorate or engrave metal with wavy lines and patterns
damask fine lustrous fabric with flat patterns and a satin weave
damine having antlers like a fallow deer
dammar hard resin used in making varnish
damnification causation of injury or loss
damoiseau male form of damsel; a young man not yet dubbed a knight
dancetté deeply indented
danism lending money on usury
dap to dip gently into water; to fish with a surface fly
dapatical lavish; sumptuous; costly
daphnomancy divination using a laurel
dapifer one who brings meat to the table
dapocaginous mean-spirited; heartless
darbies handcuffs
darby large trowel for levelling concrete or plaster
darcy unit of permeability of rock to various substances
darkle to grow or make dark
darraign to vindicate; to justify or prove
dash non-specific very small unit of measurement used in cooking
dashpot shock absorber
dasyphyllous having crowded, thick or woolly leaves
dasypoedes types of birds having downy-feathered young
dasyure flesh-eating marsupial
datary papal officer who registers and dates bulls and edicts
dation act of giving, conferring or donating
dative indicating indirect object of a verb
davenport small ornamental writing desk; large sofa
davit device for hoisting and lowering a boat
daw simpleton; bird of the crow family
deaconing act of putting best looking goods on top of pile
deadeye rounded wooden block with hole used to set up ship's stays
deadhouse mortuary
deadstock farm equipment
deadwood timbers built into ends of ship when too narrow to permit framing
dealate insect divested of its wings
dealbation whitening; bleaching
deambulatory place for walking around or about in
dearticulate to disjoint
deasil sunwise motion
debarrass to disembarrass; disentangle; free
debel to conquer in war
debellate to conquer or overcome through battle
debouch to issue or emerge; to flow from a confined place
debouchure mouth of a river or strait
debridement the removal of foreign matter from a wound
decadarchy government by ten individuals; decarchy
decadist author who writes works in ten parts
decalcomania process of transferring a design onto a surface using specially prepared paper
decalescence point in heating metal where it appears to cool
decalogist exponent of rules such as the Ten Commandments
decalvant removing hair; depilatory
decamerous having parts in tens
decanal located on south side of the choir in a church
decanal of, like or pertaining to a dean or deacon
decantate to chant or say repeatedly
decarchy government by ten individuals
decare 1000 square metres
decarnate denied or deprived of physical bodily form
decastich ten-line poem
decatise to uncurl through the use of steam or moisture
decaudate to cut off the tail of
decelerometer instrument for measuring deceleration
decennoval of, like or pertaining to the number nineteen
decession departure
decimestrial lasting ten months
deckle ragged edge of paper
declassé below one's social class
declinometer instrument for measuring magnetic declination
declivity place that slopes downwards; inclination downwards
decoct to prepare or extract by boiling; to devise
decollate to behead; to disorganize
decomplex repeatedly compound
decorticate to remove the bark, husk or peel of
decoupage the application of paper cutouts to wood surfaces
decrassify to make less crass or boorish
decrement a gradual decrease in quantity or quality
decrepitate to crackle; to roast so as to cause to crackle
decrescent becoming gradually less
decretal papal decree deciding a point of church law
decretal of, like or pertaining to a decree
decrudescence diminution or reduction of a disease
decuman principle; large; primary
decumbent lying down; reclining on the ground
decumbiture the time spent by an invalid in bed
decurrent extending or running downwards
decurtate to curtail, shorten or abbreviate
decussate to divide in the form of an X; to cross or intersect
dedans spectators at a court tennis match
dedition surrender; capitulation
deek look at; see
deemster judge on the Isle of Man
defalcate to embezzle money held on trust
defeasible that may be annulled
defenestration throwing a person or object out a window
deferrise to remove iron from
defervescence abatement of heat; coolness; decrease of fever
defilade to arrange fortifications against frontal attack
defiliation depriving a parent of a child
definiens word or words used in a dictionary definition
deflexure deviation
deflocculate to break down into small pieces
defluent running down; decurrent
defluvium falling of hair
dégagé at rest; untroubled; at ease
deglutinate to unglue or unstick
deglutition the power or act of swallowing
degression gradual decrease; reduction in taxes
dégringolade rapid decline or decay; downfall
degustation eating in a series of small portions
dehisce to gape; to burst open
dehort to dissuade
deicide destruction or killing of a god
deictic directly demonstrating something or some proposition
deiform appearing like or shaped like a god
deiparous bearing a god
deipnosophy learned dinner-conversation
deipotent having godlike power
deism belief in God but rejection of religion
deixis relating to time and place of a linguistic utterance
delactation weaning
delaine light fabric of wool or mixed wool and cotton
delaminate to split into layers
delate to pass on; to charge with a crime
delative indicating motion downward
delectus anthology of useful passages or quotations
delenda things to be deleted or destroyed
deleterious harmful to body or mind
delf drain; ditch; excavation
delibate to sip
deligation bandaging
delignate to remove wood from; to deprive of wood
deliquesce to melt into liquid by absorbing moisture
deliration madness; aberration
delirifacient producing or creating delirium
delitescent latent
delope to fire one's gun into the air in a duel
delphically enigmatically; obscurely
delphine pertaining to the Dauphin of France
delphinine of, like or pertaining to dolphins
deltiology the collection and study of picture postcards
deltoid shaped like a delta or triangle
delubrum a font, a temple or shrine having a font
demagogue political agitator appealing to popular prejudices
démarche decisive course of action taken in diplomacy
demarchy government by the people; popular government
demegoric of, like or pertaining to demagogues or demagogic speech
démenti official denial or refusal
demephitise to purify air
demerge to immerse; to plunge
demersal subaqueous; living underwater; sinking to the bottom
demesne feudal manor-house with adjacent lands
demicastor beaver pelt of poor quality; beaver fur mixed with another type of fur
demigration change of abode
demijohn large bottle having a wicker case
demisang half-breed; hybrid
demiurge creative spirit or entity
demogenic of, like or pertaining to membership by citizenship rather than kinship
demology study of human behaviour
demonarchy government by a demon
demonetise to deprive of monetary value; to withdraw from circulation
demonocracy government by demons or evil forces
demonolatry worship of or devotion to demons
demonology study of demons
demonomancy divination using demons
demonomania pathological belief that one is possessed by demons
demonosopher one who is inspired by a demon or devil
demotic of, like or pertaining to the common people
demulcent emulsifier; something soothing
demurrage delay of vessel's departure or loading with cargo
denary one of ten; tenfold; of, like or pertaining to group of ten
dendriform shaped like a tree
dendritiform branched
dendrochronology study of tree rings
dendroid tree-like; resembling a tree
dendrolatry worship of trees
dendrology study of trees
dendrometer instrument for measuring trees
dendrophilous fond of trees
denehole vertical shaft having chambers at the base
denier unit of yarn fineness
dennet light two-wheeled carriage
densimeter instrument for measuring closeness of grain of a substance
densitometer instrument for measuring optical or photographic density
dentagra toothache
dentellated having small notches or teeth
dentelle lace; lacework
denticle small toothlike structure
dentiform shaped like a tooth
dentigerous toothed; bearing teeth
dentiloquy speaking with clenched teeth
dentine ivory-like material making up teeth
dentiologist one who speaks with closed teeth
dentirostral with notched beak
deobstruent something that removes an obstacle
deodate a gift to or from God
deonerate to disburden
deontic of or relating to duty or obligation
deontology the theory or study of moral obligation
deoppilate to free from obstruction
deordination abnormality or irregularity
deorsumversion turning downwards
deosculate to kiss affectionately
depascent eating
depaysé out of one's element or natural environment
depeculation embezzlement of public funds
deponent having a passive form but active meaning
depotentiate to deprive or divest of power
deprehend to catch; to seize
depurate to purify
deracinate to root up
deray to go wild; to derange
deric of, like or pertaining to the skin
dermatoglyphics the study of skin patterns and fingerprints
dermatoid like or resembling skin
dermatology study of skin
dermographia condition where writing on skin causes red mark to form
derodidymus two-headed beast
derrick hoisting mechanism using a boom and a central post
desacralise to deprive or remove sacred qualities
descrive to describe
desideratum something which is greatly desired
desiderium longing or yearning
desinent terminal; ending
desipient playing the fool; trifling
desmology study of ligaments
désobligeante carriage for one passenger
despoliation despoiling; despoilment
despotocracy government by despots or tyrants
despumate to throw off impurities in foam; to skim; to remove scum
desquamate to scale or flake off
desudation extreme sweating
desuetude state of disuse
desultory jumping from one thing to another; rambling; unplanned
detersion the act of cleaning
detinue wrongful seizure of property; action to recover it
detort to untwist; to twist the other way
détraqué a person who is deranged
detritus waste or debris
detrude to thrust downward or outward
detumescence diminution of swelling
deuteragonist a person who serves as a foil to another
deuterogamy second marriage after the death of the first wife
deuteropathy second illness in addition to an initial one
deuteroscopy second view or meaning; second sight
devall to sink; to decline
devisee one to whom property is bequeathed in a will
devoir what is due; duty
dewlap turkey's wattle; flap of skin under the throat
dexiotropic turning to the right
dexter relating to the right side of a heraldic shield
dextroduction shifting the eyes from left to right
dextrogyratory turning to the right
diable unglazed earthenware casserole
diablerie magic; sorcery; mischief
diabolocracy government by the Devil
diabology study of devils
diabrotic corrosive
diacatholicon panacea
diachoretic laxative
diaclastic refractory
diaconal of, like or pertaining to a deacon
diaconicon sacristy for sacred vessels in Orthodox churches
diacope deep wound or incision
diacoustic of, like or pertaining to the refraction of sound
diacritic making a distinction; aiding a diagnosis or evaluation
diactinal having two pointed ends
diadermic of, like or pertaining to the puncturing of the skin
diadrom course or passing; vibration
diagenesis production of rock out of sediment
diaglyph figure etched or engraved in surface of gem or stone; intaglio
diagometer instrument for measuring electrical conductivity
diagraph instrument for enlarging or projecting drawings
diagraphics art of making diagrams or drawings
dialectology study of dialects
diallage device in which many arguments brought upon one point
diallelus circular argument
diamanté glittering; decoration using glitter
diamantiferous bearing diamonds
dianoetic capable of, like or pertaining to thought
diaphanometer instrument for measuring the transparency of air
diaphanous transparent; translucent
diaphone low-pitched fog signal consisting of two tones
diaphoresis artificially induced sweat
diapyesis release or discharge of pus
diarchy government by two people
diaskeuast reviser; interpolator
diaspora dispersion
diastema space between teeth
diastomatic moving through the pores
diastrophe upheaval or drastic modification of the earth's crust
diasyrm rhetorical device of condemning through faint praise
diatessaron medicine of four ingredients
diathermic permeable to or able to conduct radiant heat
diathesis particular condition of body or mind; predisposing factor
dibble pointed tool for making holes for seeds or plants
dicacity raillery; banter
dicaeology defending oneself in argument by claiming justification
dicephalous two-headed
dicephalus conjoined twins with two heads
dicerous two-horned; having two antennae
dichogamous having males and females maturing at different rates
dichord musical instrument with two strings
dichroscope instrument for examining crystals for dichroism
didact a person given to lecturing or moralizing
didapper someone who disappears and bobs up again
didascalic didactic; pertaining to education or teaching
diddicoy itinerant tinker or scrap-dealer
didelphine of, like or pertaining to opossums
didelphous marsupial or pouched mammal
didine of, like or pertaining to dodos
didymous twin; twinned; growing in pairs
diectasis extending line of verse by adding extra syllable
diegesis the narration of facts
diesis double dagger sign
diestrus period of sexual inactivity
diffarreation Roman form of divorce
differentia property which distinguishes one from another
diffident overly shy or modest
diffinity lack of similarity or affinity
diffluent readily flowing away
diffract to break up into segments or portions
diffractometer instrument for determining structure of crystal through light diffraction
diffrangible capable of being diffracted or separated
diffugient dispersing; diffusing
dight disposed, adorned, clothed
digitate having or resembling fingers
digitiform shaped like a finger
digitigrade walking on the toes alone
digitorium silent piano for practicing
digladiate to fight with swords; to fence
digonal figure such that a half-turn gives the same figure
digoneutic double brooded
digraph two letters expressing a single sound
dijudicate to judge; to decide
dilacerate to rend or tear asunder
dilaniate to tear to pieces
dilatometer instrument for measuring expansion
dilatory slow; given to delay or procrastination
dilettante dabbler or lover of fine arts
dilogical ambiguous; having two meanings
dilogy intentional ambiguousness
diluent diluting
diluvial of, like or pertaining to floods; especially mythical ones
dimerous consisting of two parts
dimidiate divided into halves
dimissory sending away or giving leave to depart; dismissing
dimity sheer and stout white cotton
dinanderie bronze-coloured metal alloy used for decorative vessels
dinarchy government by two people; diarchy
dinic of, like or pertaining to vertigo or dizziness
dinomania mania for dancing
dioecious having male and female sexual organs in different individuals
diogenic cynical
dionym name containing two parts or terms
dioptometer instrument for measuring focus or refraction of the eyes
dioptre unit of measurement of power of lens or eye
dioptric transparent
dioptrics study of light refraction
diorism distinction; definition
diorthosis a critical revision of a text; any correction or adjustment
diotic affecting both ears
diphyletic descended from two distinct ancestral groups
diphyodont having second set of teeth that replaces the first
diphysitism belief in the dual nature of Christ
dipleidoscope instrument for measuring moment when an object passes a meridian
diplocephalus two-headed monster
diplogenesis doubling of ordinarily single organ or part
diplograph instrument for writing two lines of text at once
diplomatics science of deciphering ancient writings and texts
diplomatology study of diplomats
diplopia double vision
dipnoous having both lungs and gills
dippydro person who often changes mind
diprionidian serrated on both sides
dipsetic causing to be thirsty
dipsomania abnormal craving for alcohol
dipsosis pathological great thirst
diptote noun taking two grammatical cases only
diptych pair of pictures on hinged panels; register of bishops and saints
diremption separation into two; disjunction
dirigent guiding
dirigible able to be directed
dirigism state control in economic and social spheres
diriment condition of legal nullification
disafforest to clear of forest; to disforest
disagio fee charged for exchanging foreign or depreciated currency
disbosom to make known; to reveal
discalced without shoes; barefoot; a religious order wearing no shoes
discarnate disembodied; separated from the body
discept to dispute; to debate
discerptible able to be separated
disciform round or oval in shape
discigerous bearing a disc or discus
discinct ungirded
discission open incision or cut
discobolus discus thrower
discomania obsession for disco music
discombobulate to disconcert; to upset
discommodious inconvenient
discophile one who loves and studies sound recordings
discophoran of, like or pertaining to jellyfishes
discountenance to abash; to discourage
disculpate to free from blame
disembogue to discharge or eject into the sea
disembrangle to free from dispute
diseuse female orator or reciter of verse
disgarnish to despoil
disgeneric being of a different genus
disgregation separation; scattering
disillude to free from illusion
disimmure to liberate; to release from walls
disinure to render unfamiliar
disjection scattering or dispersion
disomus monster with two bodies
disorbed deprived of authority or sovereignty
dispendious extravagant; expensive
dispiteous pitiless; malicious
dispone to set in order; dispose
disponge to sprinkle or discharge as if from a sponge
disport to play about, frolic or gambol
dispread to spread in different ways
dispurvey to deprive of provisions
disquisition carefully argued examination of a topic
disseize to seize or deprive of property wrongfully
dissentient one who dissents; dissenter
dissepiment partition or separation of tissue
dissilient springing apart; bursting open with force
dissimulate to pretend; to feign; to fake
dissolute of loose morals; debauched
distaff of, like or pertaining to the female branch of a family or women's work
distichous in or having two rows
distraint seizure of goods
distrait distracted; inattentive
distributary branch of river that flows away from the main stream
distributive indicating separate members of a group, one at a time
dit poem; words of a song
ditheism belief in two equal gods, one good and one evil
ditheletism doctrine that Christ had two wills
dithyrambic passionate; ecstatic; frenzied
ditokous producing two at a birth or in a clutch
ditrichotomous divided into either two or three parts
dittography unintentional repetition of letters in print
dittology double reading or interpretation
diurnation hibernating or sleeping during daylight
diutiurnal lasting long
divagate to digress; wander about
divaricate to divide into two branches
divellent drawing apart; pulling apart in pieces
diversiloquent speaking in different ways; speaking on different subjects
diverticulum blind passage or tunnel
divisim separately
divulsion act of pulling or rendering apart or away
dixit individual's uncorroborated statement
dizen to dress up; to dress gaudily
dobbin workhorse
dobhash interpreter
docimasy scrutiny; assaying; application of tests
docimology the art of assaying
doctiloquent speaking learnedly
doddered decayed with loss of branches
dodecafid divisible into twelve parts or regions
dodecarchy government by twelve people
dodger shield against rain or spray on a ship's bridge
dodoism stupid remark
dogcart light two-wheeled carriage with seats back-to-back
dogwatch a short, evening period of watch duty on a ship
doit a trifle or minor thing
dol unit for measuring intensity of pain
dolabrate of, like or pertaining to axes or hatchets
dolabriform resembling a hatchet or cleaver
dolee one who receives a government benefit, especially unemployment benefits
dolent mourning; doleful
dolichocephalic long-headed
dolichopodous having long feet
dolioform shaped like a barrel
dolmen prehistoric structure or tomb of unhewn stones
doloriferous bearing grief or pain
dolorific causing great sadness or sorrow
dolose having evil or malicious intent
domal of, like or pertaining to a house or dome
domett plain cotton-wool blend
dompteuse female animal trainer
donary thing given for a sacred purpose
donative benefice presented to church without reference to bishop
donné basic assumption or axiom; basic principle of an artwork
donnism self-importance
donnybrook an uproarious brawl
dontopedalogy putting one's foot in one's mouth
doomster judge; pessimist
dop copper cup for holding a diamond while cutting it
doppio double meter Renaissance dance step
doramania obsession with owning furs
dormer gabled window
dormition falling asleep; death
dornick stout linen
doromania obsession with giving gifts
dorsiventral having differentiated opposite faces or surfaces
doryphorus sculpture of a spear-bearer
dos-a-dos carriage where passengers seated back to back
dosimeter instrument for measuring dose of radiation
dosimetry measurement of doses of drugs
dosiology the study of doses
dossal ornamental cloth hung behind and above an altar
dossil plug; spigot; wad of lint for wiping a wound
dotation endowment or donation
douanier customs official
doublette copy of own artwork made by an artist
doucet savory tart baked in sweet dough
douceur gentleness or sweetness; a subtly offered bribe
doulocracy government by slaves
dowlas coarse linen
downhaul rope for holding down or hauling down a sail or spar
doxastic of, like or pertaining to opinion
doxographer compiler of opinions of philosophers
doxology hymn or verse of praise to God
drabbet coarse linen
drabble to besmear; bedraggle
draconiform shaped like a dragon
draconites jewel supposedly found inside a dragon's head
draffish worthless
drageoir box for holding sweetmeats
dragoman interpreter
dragonism unremitting watchfulness
dragonnade persecution by military means
dragoon to compel by military bullying; to compel by force
drail iron bow of a plough; heavy fishhook
dramaturgy art of producing and staging dramatic works
drap-de-Berry old woollen cloth
drapetomania intense desire to run away from home
dreadnought heavy woollen cloth
dreamery a place favourable to dreams
dree to endure or withstand
dreikanter three-faced pebble worn by wind
drepaniform shaped like a sickle
drepanoid like a sickle
drill durable twilled cotton
dripstone stone projection used to dispose of rainwater
dririmancy divination by observing dripping blood
droguet ribbed woollen dress fabric
drogulus entity whose existence is unverifiable due to lack of physical effects
drollery drollness; comic show; jest
dromestoners persons who remove stones from temporary airfields
dromic of, like or pertaining to a racecourse
dromomania compulsive longing for travel
dromometer instrument for measuring speed
dromond large single-sailed ship powered by rowers
dromophobia fear of crossing streets
droskhy low four-wheeled open carriage
drosometer instrument for measuring dew
drugget coarse durable wool fabric
drumlin long hill formed by glacial retreat
drung narrow road or path to a pasture
drupaceous of, like or pertaining to drupes or stone-fruits
druxy having decayed spots concealed by healthy wood
drygulch to murder by pushing off a cliff
drysalter seller of dry goods and chemicals
duarchy government by two people; diarchy
dubiety doubtfulness
dubitate to doubt; to hesitate
dubitative mood signifying doubt or incertitude
ducape plain-woven stout silk fabric
ducdame meaningless refrain
duck durable closely woven cotton fabric
ductia vigorous stamping dance
dudgeon resentment; offended resignation
duende power to attract through personal charm
duenna governess; chaperone
duffel fabric of thick, low-quality woolen cloth
dulcian a small early bassoon
dulcifluous flowing sweetly
dulciloquy a soft manner of speaking
dulia inferior veneration of saints and angels in comparison with God
dulocracy government by slaves; doulocracy
dulosis slavery practiced by animals; especially ants
dumose bushy
dump obsolete English dance in 4/4 time
duncical stupid; dim-witted
dungaree heavy coarse durable twilled cotton, usually coloured
duniwassal a Scottish gentleman
dunnage wood laid in hold to keep cargo dry and safe
duodenary of, like or pertaining to the number twelve
duomachy duel or fight between two people
dupion coarse silk
duramen heartwood
durative continuing; not completed; undergoing transformation
dure to last; to endure
durity hardness
durometer instrument for measuring hardness of substances
duroy coarse woollen
duteous devoted to duty; obedient
duumvirate governing council or body of two individuals
duvetyn smooth lustrous velvety fabric
dwale stupefying drink
dwile floorcloth or mop
dyarchy government by two people; diarchy
dynamogenesis production of increased nerve activity
dynamograph instrument for recording mechanical forces
dynamometer instrument for measuring mechanical force
dyne unit of force to accelerate 1 gram to 1 cm per second per second
dyogram ship's chart indicating compass deflection due to ship's iron
dysaesthesia loss of sensation
dysania having a hard time waking up in the morning
dysbulia loss of willpower
dyschroa discoloration of the skin
dyschromatopic colour-blind
dysgenesis sterility in hybrid creatures
dysgenics the study of racial degeneration
dyslogia inability to express ideas due to mental incompetence
dyslogistic conveying censure; opprobrious
dysmorphophobia fear of physical deformities
dysphagia pathological difficulty in swallowing
dysphemism replacement of an inoffensive by an offensive word
dysphonia physical abnormality causing speech impediment
dysphoria uneasiness; restlessness; general depression
dystectic not easily fused
dysteleology study of purposeless organs
dysteleology doctrine of purposelessness
dystocia difficult childbirth
dystopia place where all is as bad as possible

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