devout

  1. deeply religious

    Synonyms : god-fearing
  2. sincerely earnest

    Synonyms : dear, earnest, heartfelt
    Examples :
    • devout wishes for their success

degenerate

  1. grow worse

    Synonyms : deteriorate, devolve, drop
    Type Of : decline, worsen
    Examples :
    • Conditions in the slums degenerated
  2. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

    Synonyms : deviant, deviate, pervert
    Type Of : miscreant, reprobate
  3. unrestrained by convention or morality

    Synonyms : debauched, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous

decimate

  1. kill in large numbers

    Synonyms : annihilate, carry off, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out
    Type Of : kill
  2. kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies

    Type Of : kill

drudge

  1. a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

    Synonyms : galley slave, navvy, peon
    Type Of : laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack
  2. work hard

    Synonyms : dig, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail
    Type Of : do work, work
    Examples :
    • Lexicographers drudge all day long
  3. one who works hard at boring tasks

    Synonyms : hack, hacker
    Type Of : unskilled person

dissension

  1. disagreement among those expected to cooperate

    Synonyms : discord
    Type Of : disagreement
  2. a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters

    Synonyms : disagreement, dissonance
    Type Of : conflict

discretionary

  1. having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment

    Synonyms : discretional
    Examples :
    • The commission has discretionary power to award extra funds
  2. (especially of funds) not earmarked; available for use as needed

    Examples :
    • discretionary funds
    • discretionary income

discrimination

  1. the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

    Synonyms : secernment
    Type Of : basic cognitive process
  2. unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice

    Synonyms : favoritism, favouritism
    Type Of : social control

depicts

  1. give a description of

    Synonyms : describe, draw
    Type Of : set forth, expound, exposit
  2. show in, or as in, a picture

    Synonyms : picture, render, show
    Type Of : represent, interpret
    Examples :
    • This scene depicts country life
  3. make a portrait of

    Synonyms : limn, portray
    Type Of : interpret, represent

dainty

  1. delicately beautiful

    Synonyms : exquisite
    Examples :
    • a dainty teacup
  2. something considered choice to eat

    Synonyms : delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat
    Type Of : nutriment, alimentation, nourishment, aliment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals
  3. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

    Synonyms : nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish
  4. especially pleasing to the taste

    Examples :
    • a dainty dish to set before a kind

downtrodden

  1. abused or oppressed by people in power