Monday, August 13, 2012

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Demographic (adjective) 
relating to the dynamic balance of a population  
These demographic peculiarities reveal a pattern of upward marriage or hypergamy
which is quite different from endogamy and reflects an acknowledged status difference
between communities.

Denouncing (verb) 
to find fault with; to make an accusation against
A pamphlet entitled A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law and town
instructions denouncing the Stamp Act (1765) marked him as a vigorous, patriotic
penman, and, holding various local offices, he soon became a leader among
Massachusetts radicals.

Densely (adverb) 
with all parts or elements in extremely close proximity
Particles within the cloud's center (core) became so densely packed that they often
collided and stuck (fused) together.

Dependent (noun) 
a person who relies on another for support
It is one of the more remarkable feats of American literature, how a young man who
never graduated from high school, never received a college degree, living in a small town
in the poorest state in the nation, all the while balancing a growing family of
dependents and impending financial ruin, could during the Great Depression write a
series of novels all set in the same small Southern county that would one day be
recognized as among the greatest novels ever written by an American.

Depict (verb) 
to present a lifelike image of 
St. Francis is depicted wearing a brown habit worn by Franciscan Monks and by the
stigmata over the heart. 

Deposit (noun) 
matter that settles on a bottom or collects on a surface by a natural process 
Several tools have been developed to help land users identify unstable slopes. Slope maps,
geology maps, and landslide deposit maps are available for public inspection at the
Santa Cruz County Planning Department.

Derive (verb) 
to obtain from another source
Like German, English is derived from some common original Germanic or Teutonic
parent speech, although this original language is no longer in existence.

Derange (verb) 
to disturb the health or physiological functioning of
The writer became deranged due to his heavy consumption of alcohol and drugs.

Derogatory (adjective) 
tending or intending to belittle
Derogatory language is not permitted in the workplace.

Descend (verb) 
to become lower in quality, character, or condition
The absolute finest colorless stone carries a D rating, descending through each letter of
the alphabet to Z, designating a diamond of light yellow, brown, or gray. 

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