Monday, August 13, 2012

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Disenchant (verb) 
disappoint; dissatisfy
Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean sought to redefine and broaden his
liberal, anti war campaign in formally announcing his candidacy Monday, telling
disenchanted American voters, ''You have the power!'' to oust President Bush and rid
Washington of special interests.

Disintegration (noun) 
severe damage or decay rendering something useless or worthless 
Many founding fathers of the United States spoke out repeatedly against mob violence
and other signs of social disintegration.

Dismantle (verb) 
to take to pieces; to destroy the integrity or functioning of
Bush said the "true test" would be if the Palestinian militant groups would give up their
arms and their ability to disrupt the peace process, Hamas must be dismantled.

Dismay (noun) 
to deprive of courage or the power to act as a result of fear, anxiety, or disgust
In 1782 the now popular Mozart married Constance Weber from Germany, much to his
father's dismay.

Disorder (noun) 
a disturbance of the health or physiological functioning of 
A new term, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was created in 1994 to replace
Multiple Personality Disorder.

Dispense (verb) 
to prepare and distribute as in medication
But four states now allow pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception pills, and
the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a request to make Plan B available
over the counter. 

Disperse (verb) 
to cause to separate and go in various directions
Diamonds allow light to be reflected and dispersed as a rainbow of color.

Displace (verb) 
to move something from a position occupied
Tsunamis can be generated when the sea floor abruptly deforms and vertically
displaces the overlying water.

Disposition (noun) 
the combination of emotional, intellectual, and moral qualities that distinguishes an 
A crow looks mean and evil and some people say it has a disposition to match its looks.

Disrepute (noun) 
loss of or damage to one’s reputation
Multiple Personalities disorder was being thrown into disrepute because many people
were giving phony demonstrations of alter switching during television talk shows. 

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