demur

  1. take exception to

    Synonyms : except
    Type Of : object
    Examples :
    • he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday
  2. (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings

    Synonyms : demurral, demurrer
    Type Of : objection
  3. enter a demurrer

    Type Of : plead

delineation

  1. representation by drawing or painting etc

    Synonyms : depiction, portrayal
    Type Of : picturing, pictorial representation
  2. a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects

    Synonyms : depiction, limning, line drawing
    Type Of : drawing
  3. a graphic or vivid verbal description

    Synonyms : characterisation, characterization, depiction, picture, word-painting, word picture
    Type Of : verbal description, description

deleterious

  1. harmful to living things

    Synonyms : hurtful, injurious
    Examples :
    • deleterious chemical additives

devoted

  1. (followed by `to') dedicated exclusively to a purpose or use

    Examples :
    • large sums devoted to the care of the poor
    • a life devoted to poetry
  2. zealous in devotion or affection

    Examples :
    • a devoted husband and father
    • devoted friends

degradation

  1. a low or downcast state

    Synonyms : abasement, abjection
    Type Of : humiliation
  2. changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

    Synonyms : debasement
    Type Of : change of state

defunct

  1. having ceased to exist or live

    Examples :
    • the will of a defunct aunt
    • a defunct Indian tribe
  2. no longer in force or use; inactive

    Examples :
    • a defunct law
    • a defunct organization

defoliate

  1. deprived of leaves

    Synonyms : defoliated
  2. strip the leaves or branches from

    Type Of : bare, denudate, denude, strip
    Examples :
    • defoliate the trees with pesticides

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