deference

  1. courteous regard for people's feelings

    Synonyms : respect, respectfulness
    Type Of : good manners, courtesy
    Examples :
    • in deference to your wishes
  2. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard

    Synonyms : respect
    Type Of : civility, politeness
    Examples :
    • his deference to her wishes was very flattering
  3. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

    Synonyms : complaisance, compliance, compliancy, obligingness
    Type Of : agreeability, agreeableness

decoy

  1. a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)

    Synonyms : steerer
    Type Of : slicker, beguiler, cheat, cheater, accomplice, confederate, deceiver, trickster
  2. something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed

    Synonyms : bait, lure
    Type Of : device
  3. lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

    Type Of : tempt, entice, lure

decorum

  1. propriety in manners and conduct

    Synonyms : decorousness
    Antonyms : indecorum
    Type Of : correctitude, properness, propriety

decathlon

  1. an athletic contest consisting of ten different events

    Type Of : athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics

debunking

  1. the exposure of falseness or pretensions

    Synonyms : repudiation
    Type Of : exposure
    Examples :
    • the debunking of religion has been too successful

debility

  1. the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)

    Synonyms : feebleness, frailness, frailty, infirmity, valetudinarianism
    Type Of : unfitness, softness

devilry

  1. reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

    Synonyms : devilment, deviltry, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan
    Type Of : misbehaviour, misbehavior, misdeed
  2. wicked and cruel behavior

    Synonyms : deviltry
    Type Of : evil, wickedness, iniquity, immorality

deliberate

  1. characterized by conscious design or purpose

    Synonyms : intentional, knowing
    Examples :
    • a deliberate attempt to provoke a response
  2. carefully thought out in advance

    Synonyms : calculated, measured
    Examples :
    • he made a deliberate decision not to respond negatively
  3. unhurried and with care and dignity

    Synonyms : careful, measured
    Examples :
    • with all deliberate speed
  4. think about carefully; weigh

    Synonyms : consider, debate, moot, turn over
    Type Of : talk over, hash out, discuss
  5. discuss the pros and cons of an issue

    Synonyms : debate
    Type Of : discuss, talk over, hash out

dug

  1. an udder or breast or teat

    Type Of : mamma, mammary gland

diminish

  1. decrease in size, extent, or range

    Synonyms : decrease, fall, lessen
    Type Of : change magnitude
  2. lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    Synonyms : belittle
    Type Of : decrease, minify, lessen