didactic

  1. instructive (especially excessively)

    Synonyms : didactical

dichotomy

  1. being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

    Synonyms : duality
    Type Of : categorisation, categorization, classification
    Examples :
    • the dichotomy between eastern and western culture

dexterous

  1. skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

    Synonyms : deft, dextrous
    Examples :
    • dexterous of hand and inventive of mind

detrimental

  1. (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury

    Synonyms : damaging, prejudicial, prejudicious

deteriorate

  1. grow worse

    Synonyms : degenerate, devolve, drop
    Antonyms : recuperate
    Type Of : worsen, decline
    Examples :
    • Her condition deteriorated
  2. become worse or disintegrate

    Type Of : crumble, decay, dilapidate
    Examples :
    • His mind deteriorated

deter

  1. try to prevent; show opposition to

    Synonyms : discourage
    Type Of : disapprove, reject
  2. turn away from by persuasion

    Synonyms : dissuade
    Type Of : advise, counsel, rede

destitution

  1. a state without friends or money or prospects

    Type Of : impoverishment, poorness, poverty

despondent

  1. without or almost without hope

    Synonyms : heartsick
    Examples :
    • despondent about his failure

desist

  1. choose not to consume

    Synonyms : abstain, refrain

desecration

  1. blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character

    Synonyms : blasphemy, profanation, sacrilege
    Type Of : irreverence, violation
    Examples :
    • desecration of the Holy Sabbath