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descent the act or process of going downward. [4 definitions]
describe to tell about; give a verbal account of. [2 definitions]
description the act of describing. [3 definitions]
descriptive characterized by description. [2 definitions]
descry to see or make out, esp. something obscured or at a distance. [2 definitions]
Desdemona in the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello, Othello's wife, whom he murders out of unfounded jealousy.
desecrate to violate the sacredness of; treat sacrilegiously.
desecration the act of or an instance of violating the sacredness of something.
desegregate to eliminate the segregation of races in. [2 definitions]
desegregation the act, result, or policy of eliminating segregation, esp. of racial or ethnic groups.
desensitize to cause to react with less intensity, as to light or other stimuli. [2 definitions]
desert1 a very dry, often sandy area with little or no plant growth. [5 definitions]
desert2 to abandon and thereby be remiss in one's duties or obligations. [3 definitions]
desert3 (often pl.) that which one deserves, esp. something unpleasant.
deserter someone who abandons or forsakes his or her military post, duties, or obligations.
desertion willful abandonment of one's spouse or children, as well as all related legal responsibilities. [2 definitions]
deserve to be qualified for or worthy of; merit. [2 definitions]
deserved rightly earned; merited.
deservedly with justification; rightly.
deserving worthy of praise, regard, or assistance.
desex to remove the sex organs of; castrate or spay. [2 definitions]