List of English Synonyms

Words having similar meanings are called Synonyms.

 

Synonyms D

Words Synonyms
Dainty Exquisite, choice, rare, refined ; savory, palatable, delicious, toothsome, tasty, epicurean; fastidious, luxurious.
Damage Hurt, injury, detriment, loss, mischief, impairment
Danger Peril, risk, hazard, venture, insecurity, liability, jeopardy.
Daring Adventurous, fearless, risky, brave, courageous, dauntless, intrepid, valorous.
Dark Black, swarthy, opaque, obscure, shadowy, lurid, sunless, murky, cloudy, overcast, ebon, pitchy, secret; mysterious, enigmatical, unintelligible, occult, abstruse; gloomy, disheartening, cheerless, dismal ; ignorant, rude, untaught
Darling Sweetheart, love, pet, favorite, idol, dear.
Dash Strike, hurl, cast, throw, drive, send, speed, dart; alloy, adulterate ; suffuse, overspread,
color; disappoint, ruin, frustrate; surprise, abash.
Dastard Coward, craven, recreant
Data Facts, basis, grounds, postulates, premises, given conditions.
Daub Smear, plaster, sully, begrime, soil, deface, defile.
Daunt Terrify, alarm, intimidate, appal, frighten off, tame.
Dauntless Valiant, fearless, intrepid, bold, indomitable, unconquerable, valorous, chivalrous, heroic, brave, daring.
Dawn Appear, begin, open; break, grow light, rise.
Dazzle Daze, blind; astonish, surprise, overpower, bewilder, confuse.
Dead Lifeless, breathless, inanimate;
deceased, defunct, departed;
dull, cold, frigid, inert,
indifferent ; tasteless, insipid,
flat; insensible, heavy, unconscious,
spiritless, still, torpid.
Deadly Mortal, fatal, destructive, noxious, murderous, malignant, pernicious, baneful, venomous.
Deaf Hard of hearing; dull, insensible, heedless ; inexorable, averse, disinclined; inaudible.
Deal Bargain, chaffer, trade, traffic, do business; distribute, allot, divide, share, mete out.
Dear Costly, high-priced, expensive, precious; beloved, valued.
Dearth Lack, want, scarcity, poverty.
Death Decease, dying, dissolution, departure, exit, expiration.
Debar Exclude, bar out, stop, prevent, prohibit, restrain, hinder.
Debase Degrade, deprave, corrupt, alloy, deteriorate, lower, impair.
Debate Discussion, dispute, controversy, contention, altercation, contest.
Debatable Dubious, doubtful, uncertain, disputable, problematical
Debauch Seduce, corrupt, vitiate, defile.
Debility Infirmity, weakness, languor, exhaustion, feebleness.
Debt Liability, obligation, default, claim, score.
Debtor Borrower, Mortgagor
Decay Corrupt, putrefy, decompose, rot, spoil, molder, wither, perish.
Deceit Fraud, deception, cheating, artifice, imposition, guile.
Deceive Cheat, dupe, delude, beguile, fool, trick, impose upon, disappoint, mislead, circumvent, entrap.
Deception Craft, cunning, lying, fraud, hypocrisy, trickery, delusion, duplicity, deceitfulness,
falsehood, prevarication.
Decide Determine, settle, conclude, close, terminate, end, resolve.
Decipher Reveal, explain, unravel, unfold.
Decision Determination, conclusion, judgment;
firmness, resolution.
Decisive Conclusive, positive, final, definitive, indisputable.
Deck Adorn, dress, ornament.
Declaim. Recite, speak, debate, harangue.
Declamation Harangue, effusion, debate, oratory, elocution.
Declaration Assertion, affirmation, avowal ; publication, proclamation, official announcement.
Declare Announce, publish, advertise, reveal, proclaim.
Decline. Fall, decay, decadence, degeneration ; refusal, rejeotion, repudiation.
Declivity. Fall, slope, descent.
Decoction. Concoction, mixture, mess.
Decompose. Analyze, dissolve, resolve; decay, putrefy, become corrupt.
Decorate. Adorn, embellish, improve.
Decorum. Dignity, order, propriety, seemliness.
Decrease Lessen, diminish, subside, want, dwindle, curtail, retrench, reduce, lower.
Decree Decision, determination, law, edict, mandate, manifesto
Decrepit Weak, infirm, tottering, aged.
Decry Disparage, detract, depreciate, denounce, abase, traduce.
Dedicate Devote, hallow, sanctify, consecrate; address, inscribe; assign, apply, set apart.
Deduce Infer, draw, derive, conclude.
Deed Performance, act, action, exploit; reality, fact, truth; document, instrument.
Deep Profound; difficult, mysterious, hard, intricate ; penetrating, sagacious, astute, intelligent, discerning, shrewd ;
Default Neglect, failure, omission, want, forfeit
Defeat Overthrow, frustration, discomfiture.
Defect Fault, flaw, imperfection; omission, want, shortcoming.
Defense Apology, justification, vindication; shelter, shield, protection, guard, resistance, rampart, fortress, safeguard,
bulwark.
Defer Delay, postpone, procrastinate, adjourn, put off; yield to, respect.
Deference. Respect, consideration, esteem, veneration, homage.
Defile. Contaminate, spoil, pollute, vitiate, infect, taint, befoul.
Definition Description, exposition, comment, explanation, interpretation,
rendering, translation.
Deformity. Ugliness, malformation, distortion, disfigurement, abnormity, hideousness.
Defrayment. Payment, settlement, liquidation, discharge.
Defy. Challenge, dare, provoke, scorn, brave.
Degeneracy. Degradation, deterioration, growing worse, decay, decline ; inferiority, meanness.
Degree Grade, rank, step, station, stage, quality, standing; measure, interval, space.
Dejected. Disheartened, discouraged, depressed, downcast, despondent, gloomy, melancholy, low-spirited.
Delay. Postponement, procrastination
; hindrance, impediment.
Delegate (n) Substitute, proxy, representative, legate, deputy.
Delegate (v) Depute, commission, appoint, empower, constitute, ordain.
Deleterious Destructive, noxious, deadly, poisonous; hurtful, harmful, injurious, pernicious,
unwholesome.
Deliberate, Meditate, ponder, debate, confer, consider, reflect, consult, weigh, cogitate.
Deliberate, Cautious, careful, wary; well-advised, purposed, studied; slow, leisurely;
intentional, earnest, unbiased.
Delicacy Dainty, morsel, tidbit, relish; refinement, luxury, nicety, elegance; frailty, weakness ; fastidiousness, scrupulousness; purity, sensibility.
Delicious Dainty, savory, delightful, luscious, exquisite.
Delight Joy, gladness, charm, rapture, transport, satisfaction, pleasure, ecstasy, happiness, enjoyment, bliss.
Delightful. Agreeable, congenial, grateful, pleasant, refreshing, welcome, satisfying, delicious,
acceptable, pleasurable.
Delineate. Describe, figure, represent, sketch, draw, portray, depict, paint.
Delinquent. Offender, culprit, criminal, miscreant, malefactor.
Deliver Free, liberate, release; save, rescue; give, hand over, transfer; yield, grant, resign, surrender; pronounce, declare, speak, discharge, deal.
Deluge Inundation, flood, overflow,
rush, cataclysm.
Delusion Error, fallacy, illusion, hallucination, trick, snare, fraud, deception, imposture.
Demand Require, ask, call for, insist, exact, challenge.
Demarcation Outline, sketch, limit, boundary, division, enclosure, separation, distinction.
Demean Behave, comport, act, conduct one's self.
Demerit Fault, delinquency, misdeed, failure.
Democratic Popular, representative, republican, radical
Demolish Overthrow, destroy, overturn, raze, ruin.
Demonstration Exhibition, exemplification; manifestation, illustration; evidence, proof, certainty
Demoralize Corrupt, deprave, vitiate, undermine, subvert.
Demure Sedate, staid, modest, prudish, discreet.
Denial Refusal; contradiction, negation, disavowal.
Denizen Citizen, subject, inhabitant, dweller, sojourner.
Denomination

Name, designation, description, appellation, class, sect, school

Denounce

Brand, defame, stigmatize, decry ; accuse ; menace, threaten ; proscribe, vituperate.

Dense

Thick, slow, compact, solid, close, thickset

Denunciation

Censure, arraignment; threat, menace; exposure

Deny

Refuse, withhold ; contradict, gainsay ; renounce, abjure, disown.

Depart

Leave, go, start, sally, retire, disappear, vanish, bid farewell; die, decease.

Department

Division, section, portion; function, office, duty, station; province, branch, line.

Dependent

Hanging, resting, contingent, conditioned, relying, subject, relative.

Depict

Portray, draw, paint, delineate.

Deplorable

Lamentable, pitiable, sad, mournful, disastrous, calamitous, grievous, distressing, melancholy.

Deportment

Conduct, carriage, behavior, demeanor, character.

Depose

Dethrone, debase, degrade, dismiss, oust, displace.

Deprecate

Regret, disapprove, lament; intercede, expostulate.

Depreciate

Disparage, decry, undervalue, detract, underestimate.

Depredation

Robbery, pillage, plunder, spoliation, theft, invasion, trespass, havoc, encroachment.

Depression

Lowering, degradation, abasement, perversion, depreciation, dejection, discouragement; hollow, valley, decline.

Deprive

Bereave, rob, divest, strip, despoil, dispossess, depose; prevent, hinder.

Deputy

Lieutenant, agent, representative,
envoy, legate, substitute, vicegerent, proxy, delegate.

Derangement

Disorder, confusion, disarrangement; disturbance, discomposure; madness,
lunacy, insanity, mania, delirium,
alienation, aberration.

Derision

Scorn, contempt, ridicule, mockery, contumely, scoffing.

Derivation

Source, origin, genesis, fountain, descent, root, etymology.

Derogate

Detract, depreciate, disparage, compromise, lessen.

Descendant

Offspring, posterity, progeny, stock, family, lineage, scion, branch, issue

Describe

Trace, draw, portray, mark out, represent, depict, recount, narrate, illustrate, define, explain, characterize.

Descry

Perceive, discern, recognize, discover, espy, see, behold, detect, find out.

Desecrate

Profane, pollute, pervert, abuse, secularize, prostitute.

Desert

Solitude, wild, wilderness, waste.

Desideratum

Very desirable thing, requisite, want, essential.

Design (v)

Intend, plan, prepare, project, contrive, scheme, purpose, mean, propose; draw, delineate, sketch ; contemplate,
outline, plot.

Designate

Specify, particularize; describe, define, denominate, name, call, style, christen, dub ; appoint, allot.

Desirable

Eligible, expedient, advantageous, beneficial, advisable, valuable, profitable, enviable, proper, judicious.

Desire

Appetite, inclination, longing, proclivity, craving, impulse, hankering, coveting, propensity, wish; aspiration, will

Desolate

Bereaved, comfortless, forlorn, cheerless, lonely, solitary; uninhabited, forsaken, unfrequented, waste, dreary,
wild.

Despair

Desperation, discouragement, hopelessness, despondency

Despatch

Expedite, speed, accelerate, quicken, hasten; kill, slay.

Desperate

Wild, reckless, despondent, hopeless, wretched, forlorn, lost; heroic, extreme,
defiant; precipitate, headlong, frantic.

Despise

Contemn, scorn, slight, disdain, spurn

Despoil

Strip, denude, ravage; rob, plunder, pillage, devastate.

Despotic

Tyrannical, absolute, imperious, autocratic, arrogant.

Destination

Aim, end, object, purpose, design; goal, harbor.

Destiny

Fate, lot, doom, star, fortune, necessity, end, predestination.

Destructive

Ruinous, injurious, pernicious, deleterious, baneful, detrimental, hurtful, noxious.

Desuetude

Disuse, non-observance, obsolescence.

Desultory

Rambling, irregular, capricious, wandering, roving, discursive, cursory, erratic, spasmodic, unsystematic.

Detail

Account, narrative, recital; detachment; individual, particular, item, specialty, element, point, component.

Detention

Hindrance, retaining, restraint, stopping.

Deter

Hinder, discourage, prevent, restrain, withhold, terrify, scare, dishearten, dissuade

Deteriorate

Impair, degrade, debase; decline, degenerate

Determine

Settle, adjust, decide; ascertain, verify; influence, lead, incline ; resolve.

Detest

Abominate, abhor, execrate, loathe, shrink from

Dethrone

Depose, uncrown, drive out of power, cause to abdicate.

Detract

Depreciate, disparage, lessen, derogate, calumniate, slander, defame, decry, vilify

Detriment

Loss, damage, injury, harm, evil, prejudice, disadvantage, impairment, inconvenience.

Develop

Evolve, unfold, educe, disclose, unravel, exhibit, expand, enlarge; open, grow, mature

Deviate

Digress, wander, deflect, veer, diverge; depart, err, stray, swerve ; differ, vary.

Device

Contrivance, invention, design, project, plan, scheme, expedient, resource; wile, artifice, stratagem, evasion, fraud;
emblem, symbol, type.

Devious Erratic, wandering, deviating, crooked, circuitous, misleading, treacherous, roundabout.
Devise Plan, design, contrive, imagine, scheme, project, concoct; bequeath, leave.
Devoid Void, wanting, empty, destitute, vacant, unprovided for.
Devolve Transfer, consign, convey, demise, devise, deliver; impose, place, attach, commission, charge, depute; fall, pass, be transferred.
Devotion
Dedication, consecration, piety, religion, sanctity, holiness, worship, adoration; attachment, affection, love; ardor, earnestness, zeal, eagerness, self-sacrifice.
Devour Consume, gorge, eat ravenously, swallow ; destroy, annihilate, waste, swallow up, expend.
Dexterity Aptitude, skill, expertness, readiness, adroitness.
Diadem Crown, chaplet, fillet, wreath, tiara, circlet. Diagnosis. Investigation, determination, analysis.
Diagnostic Symptom, feature, sign, cue, indication, mark, index.
Dialect Language, phraseology, tongue, speech, provincialism, idiom, accent. Dialogue. Conversation between two people, colloquy, discourse, tete-a-tete.
Dictate Direct, ordain, command, prescribe, order, bid, require, decree; utter; prompt, suggest, enjoin, instruct.
Dictation Injunction, precept, command, rule, maxim, direction, utterance.
Dictatorial Imperious, imper tive, domineering, arbitrary, absolute, unlimited, authoritative, unrestricted, overbearing.
Diction Expression, language, phrase, phraseology, style, verbiage, vocabulary, wording.
Dictionary Lexicon, word-book, glossary, vocabulary.
Die Expire, decease, depart; wither, perish, decay, decline,
Diet Food, victuals, nourishment, aliment, nutriment, provision, viands, rations, fare, subsistence
Difference Contrast, diversity, variation, variety, discrepancy, disagreement, disparity, distinction, divergence, unlikenesa.
Differentiate Discriminate, individualize, distinguish, particularize, specify, segregate, identify.
Difficult Arduous, exhausting, severe, onerous, trying, toilsome, hard, laborious; intricate, involved, obscure, enigmatical; unmanageable, reserved, opposed, unamenable.
Diffident Modest, doubtful, reluctant, hesitating; bashful, timid, shy, self-distrustful.
Digest Methodize, systematize, arrange, classify, cod'ify ; study, ponder, consider, contemplate, meditate, con; master, assimilate.
Dignified Stately, noble, grand, majestic, self-respecting, imposing, decorous, august, lofty, exalted, pompous.
Dignify Advance, promote, exalt, ennoble, prefer; grace, honor, adorn; elevate, aggrandize.
Digress Deviate, ramble, wander; differ.
Dilapidation

Ruin, decay, disintegration, downfall, demolition.

Dilate Stretch wide, expand, enlarge, widen, distend.
Dilatory Slow, loitering, tardy, procrastinating, dawdling, lagging, lingering, sluggish.
Diligence Industry, assiduity, activity, perseverance, application, attention, care, heed.
Dim Obscure, dark, covered, hidden, dusky, indistinct, uncertain.
Dimension Measurement, bulk, mass, extent
Diminish Lessen, reduce, decrease, abate
   
   
   
   
 

. ; ( pi. ) size, capacity,
amplitude, massiveness,
greatness.
ANT. Segment, section, portion,
part.
. subside, shorten,
dwarf, retrench.
ANT. Augment, amplify, increase,
magnify, expand.
Din. Racket, clamor, noise, uproar.
ANT. Crash, explosion; silence.
Dingy. Dirty, dull, soiled, tarnished,
dim, obscure, somber.
ANT. Bright, burnished, radiant,
glittering, gleaming, luminous.
Dip. Immerse, plunge, inunda.te,
soak, steep, drown, submerge.
ANT. Dry, drain, parch; air,
ventilate, evaporate, vaporize.
Diplomacy. Negotiation, indirection,
tact, artful management,
contrivance, circumvention;
embassage, ministry, ambassadorship.
ANT. Dismissal, conge, recall;
candor, naivete, ingenuousness;
mismanagement, maladministration;
self-defeat.
Diplomatic. Prudent, wise, tactful,
astute, politic, sagacious,
judicious, discreet.
ANT. Blundering, tactless,
injudicious.
Direct, o. Unswerving, straight,
rectilinear, undeviating.
ANT. Meandering, crooked,
roundabout, circuitous.
Direction. Course, tendency,
aim, bearing; oversight, management,
control, superintendence,
conduct; order, command;
address, superscription.
ANT. Deviation, aberration;
miscontrol.
Directly. Straightly, immediately,
forthwith, soon, speedily,
instantly, promptly, presently,
quickly, straightway, at
once.
ANT. Secondarily, by-andby;
remotely, obliquely, circuitously.
Dirge. Requiem, elegy, lament,
wake, threnody, coronach.
ANT. Anthem, Te Deum, Jubilate,
pcean, jubilee, halleluiah.
Dirt. Filth, uncleanness, dung,
foulness, meanness, filthiness,
defilement.
ANT. Cleanness, purity, ablution;
innocence, spotlessness.
Dis-. The prefix dis- has usually
a negative, sometimes an intensive,
force. Therefore, for words
beginning with it look under
the antonyms of the root words.
When its force is intensive,
however, they will be found under
the synonyms of the root
words. Only a few of derived
significance are here given.
Disability. Unfitness, inability,
incompetence, incapacity, disqualification.
ANT. Merit, fitness, recommendation,
qualification, capability.
Disabuse. Undeceive, set right,
correct, enlighten, inform, rectify.
ANT. Deceive, delude, hoodwink.
Disappoint. Frustrate, foil, defeat,
baffle, disconcert, mortify,
vex, betray, tantalize.
ANT. Fulfil, realize, satisfy,
gratify, encourage, verify, support.
Disaster. Misfortune, mishap,
reverse, calamity, catastrophe.
ANT. Blessing, benefit, good
fortune, profit, gain, boon.
Disburse. Spend, expend, consume,
waste, use, lay out,
pay.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   


Words Synonyms
Callous Hard, Obdurate, Apathetic, Obtuse, Indifferent, Torpid
Cancellation Annulment, Abrogation
Canine Dog, Cur, Hound, Pooch
Capillary Blood vessel, Vein, Tube
Carnivorous Predatory, Rapacious
Cater Supply, Furnish, Procure
Chagrin Trauma, Mishap, Calamity
Chronic Habitual, Inveterate, Perpetual
Clientele Customers, Constituency
Colleague Coworker, Peer, Associate
Collegiate Scholastic, Erudite
Communicable Contagious, Infectious
Comparative Similar, Parallel, Analogous, Near, Matching
Compile Collect, Amass, Cull
Complement Supplement, Aggregate, Full measure, Troupe, Complete
Component Composing, Intrinsic, Part
Compulsion Urgency, Obsession
Concept Theory, Notion, Belief
Conclusive Definitive, Decisive, Absolute, Irrefutable, Ultimate
Confound Confuse, Perplex, Baffle
Consolidate Combine, Blend, Fortify
Consultant Guide, Advisor, Guru
Contemptible Ignoble, Base, Vile
Contraband Illicit, Smuggling
Convalescent Recuperating, Healing
Conveyance Transport, Vehicle
Convulsion Paroxysm, Commotion
Cosmic Vast, Universal, Empyrean
Courier Herald, Messenger, Runner
Credentials Documents, Papers, Vouchers
Creditor Collector, Consignee
Crucial Acute, Intense, Fierce
Crypt Tomb, Sepulcher, Vault
Cryptic Ambiguous, Enigmatic
Cull Collect, Amass, Compile
Cumulative Increasing, Intensifying
Curtail Reduce, Abridge, Blunt
Curvature Bend, Arch, Camber
Cynical Misanthropic, Alienated