devolve

  1. grow worse

    Synonyms : degenerate, deteriorate, drop
    Type Of : worsen, decline
    Examples :
    • The discussion devolved into a shouting match
  2. be inherited by

    Synonyms : fall, pass, return
    Type Of : change hands, change owners
    Examples :
    • The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead
  3. pass on or delegate to another

    Type Of : delegate, designate, assign, depute
    Examples :
    • The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital

derisive

  1. abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule

    Synonyms : gibelike, jeering, mocking, taunting
    Examples :
    • derisive laughter

debase

  1. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

    Synonyms : adulterate, dilute, load, stretch
    Type Of : corrupt, spoil
  2. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    Synonyms : corrupt, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate
    Type Of : change, modify, alter
  3. lower in value by increasing the base-metal content

    Synonyms : alloy
    Type Of : devalue

disenfranchise

  1. deprive of voting rights

    Synonyms : disfranchise
    Antonyms : enfranchise
    Type Of : deprive

degrade

  1. lower the grade of something; reduce its worth

    Synonyms : cheapen
    Type Of : worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate
  2. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

    Synonyms : demean, disgrace, put down, take down
    Type Of : humiliate, mortify, abase, humble, chagrin
  3. reduce the level of land, as by erosion

    Antonyms : aggrade

dishearten

  1. take away the enthusiasm of

    Synonyms : put off
    Antonyms : hearten
    Type Of : discourage

dearth

  1. an insufficient quantity or number

    Synonyms : paucity
    Type Of : scarceness, scarcity
  2. an acute insufficiency

    Synonyms : famine, shortage
    Type Of : deficiency, lack, want

disparate

  1. fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

    Examples :
    • such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing
    • disparate ideas
  2. including markedly dissimilar elements

    Examples :
    • a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers

demure

  1. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

    Synonyms : coy, overmodest

demean

  1. reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

    Synonyms : degrade, disgrace, put down, take down
    Type Of : abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify