deride

  1. treat or speak of with contempt

    Type Of : bemock, mock
    Examples :
    • He derided his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics

deprecate

  1. belittle

    Synonyms : depreciate, vilipend
    Type Of : disparage, belittle, pick at
    Examples :
    • The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts
  2. express strong disapproval of; deplore

    Type Of : reject, disapprove

depravity

  1. a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

    Synonyms : turpitude
    Type Of : evildoing, transgression
  2. moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

    Synonyms : corruption, degeneracy, depravation, putrefaction
    Type Of : immorality
    Examples :
    • its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity

deplore

  1. regret strongly

    Synonyms : bemoan, bewail, lament
    Type Of : kick, kvetch, complain, plain, quetch, sound off
    Examples :
    • I deplore this hostile action
  2. express strong disapproval of

    Type Of : criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock
    Examples :
    • We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners

deplete

  1. use up (resources or materials)

    Synonyms : consume, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
    Type Of : drop, spend, expend

denounce

  1. to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

    Synonyms : brand, mark, stigmatise, stigmatize
    Type Of : label
    Examples :
    • He denounced the government action
  2. give away information about somebody

    Synonyms : betray, give away, grass, rat, shit, shop, snitch, stag, tell on
    Type Of : inform
  3. announce the termination of, as of treaties

    Type Of : denote, announce
  4. speak out against

    Type Of : criticise, knock, criticize, pick apart
    Examples :
    • He denounced the Nazis

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