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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.
desertification the transformation of fertile land to desert by natural causes, esp. drought, or through human activity such as deforestation, overgrazing, and the like.
desertify to cause to change from land capable of sustaining plant life and agriculture to desert land that is essentially barren.
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, assistance, or the like.
desex to remove the sex organs of; castrate or spay. [2 definitions]
desiccant causing dryness. [2 definitions]
desiccate to eliminate the moisture in; dry up. [3 definitions]
desiderate to want, need, or long for.
desideratum something that is needed or wanted.
design to make or draw plans for, esp. the structure or form of. [11 definitions]