SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With D

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
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Last updated: April 30, 2020
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1. Destitute (adjective)
Predicted to happen
Impoverished
Sexually promiscuous
Well-informed and intelligent
Having wasted his inheritance, he was now destitute
2. Dilettante (noun)
A person attracted to members of the same sex
An amateur who dabbles in a field
A person who enjoys fine art
A person with poor eyesight
He was merely a dilettante with no real talent
3. Dearth (noun)
A critical mistake
A lack
A rich soil
Something that causes bad luck
There was a dearth of fresh water available to the hurricane survivors
4. Diabolical (adjective)
Satanic
Patient
Optimistic
Careful
With a diabolical cackle, Dr. Evil kicked his hapless victim into the pit
5. Diatribe (noun)
A sharp attack or criticism, especially a lengthy one
A blemish
A close-knit social group
A random or unexpected occurrence
He wrote a lengthy diatribe explaining that only a fool could think Cyprus was in Asia
6. Dissident (noun)
A person who disagrees with the ruling power
An armored glove
One who engages in combat
One who displays unconventional fashion choices
During Pinochet's reign, dissidents were thrown from helicopters into the ocean
7. Deluge (noun)
A wind that comes from the north
A great flood
A powerful emotion, especially sadness
The "winding down" of the plot that happens after the climax
As soon as Noah and his family were safely aboard, the deluge began
8. Disinter (verb)
To lose interest
To cut off part of the body
To remove from a tomb
To shoot from a cannon
The victim was disintered to collect forensic evidence
9. Duplicity (noun)
Having a variety of colors
Quickness to anger
An unexpected change
Deceptiveness; saying one thing and doing another
Undeceived by the con man's duplicity, she went inside and called the police
10. Deadpan (adjective)
Totally dedicated and unwavering
Marked by pretend seriousness or impassivity
Clownlike
Deeply weathered and grooved
His comedy is more deadpan than slapstick
11. Defame (verb)
To coat with a thin layer or resin or oil
To ignore
To formally accuse in court
To tell a lie in order to harm another's reputation
They tried to defame the governor with allegations of corruption
12. Dogma (noun)
A complete collection
Persistence; tenacity
Doctrine set forth by a religious leader or organization
Behavior typically exhibited by dogs
According to Catholic dogma, the sacramental bread becomes the actual body of Christ
13. Debacle (noun)
Material used to patch a hole
A crystal wine glass or goblet
A fiasco
A high-class party
The debacle ended with the surrender of the colonel's entire regiment
14. Disenfranchise (verb)
To deprive of one's income
To deprive of food
To deprive of one's freedom
To deprive of the right to vote
The disenfranchised peasants sought to overthrow the aristocracy
15. Drudgery (noun)
A small room next to a kitchen
Dastardly deeds
Dirty laundry or other soiled objects
Tedious, menial labor
The law clerk's days were filled with drugery but his nights were filled with carefree exuberance
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Level 81
Apr 30, 2020
Nice example sentence for "diatribe" :)
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Level 58
May 26, 2020
Hahaha sure to get the masses riled
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Level 81
Apr 30, 2020
Pedant alert, but I think you mean the "eucharistic" wafer, not the baptismal one. In baptism, it's water.
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Level ∞
Apr 30, 2020
Not pedantry at all. A dumb mistake from me now fixed.
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Level 64
Apr 30, 2020
15/15. What do I win?
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Level ∞
Apr 30, 2020
A smug sense of self-satisfaction.
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Level 67
May 3, 2020
and 5 points
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Level 29
May 29, 2020
Haha lol
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Level 67
May 3, 2020
I don't think the description for deadpan is a great one. I would say something like expressionless.

(and if you look at parts of the description, unwavering comes closer than pretend seriousness)

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Level 69
May 6, 2020
12/15. Not too bad for a French guy...
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Level 72
May 7, 2020
And all the quizzers say

He’s pretty fly for a French guy

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Level 65
May 26, 2020
Kind of sad the "disenfranchise" is the most missed word on the list.
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Level 80
May 26, 2020
I love the distractor for #12 (dogma) - "Behavior typically exhibited by dogs." Kudos!
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Level 68
May 26, 2020
If this is the sort of thing that appears in the SATs, the USA's reputation makes a lot more sense.
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Level ∞
May 26, 2020
Didn't do so well, eh?

All snark aside, questions like this don't actually appear on the SAT. It is more about reading comprehension which requires the knowledge of word meanings.

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Level 46
May 26, 2020
Slightly disappointing that only 52% got “disenfranchised” correct.
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Level 55
May 26, 2020
Think there’s a mistake in the description. You don’t need the word “in”.
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Level ∞
May 26, 2020
Fixed
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Level 59
May 26, 2020
I like the concept of a clerk struggling with substance abuses as opposed to menial work!
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Level 43
May 26, 2020
For a 12 year old and getting 8 out of 15, I am quite proud of myself. BTW ILY I love your quizzes.
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Level 48
May 26, 2020
As a non-native speaker, I'm surprised I got 11/15. I only knew three or four. The rest were just hunch-based guesses.
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Level 50
May 26, 2020
Disenfranchisement is not limited to a deprivation of the right to vote. It can also involve the deprivation of any right or privilege.
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Level 58
May 27, 2020
I agree. It's a particularly specific, technical definition. If I say "The young today are disenfranchised," I don't think it would be understood that the young are deprived of the vote.
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Level 24
May 27, 2020
I posted the same argument before reading your comment. Then I googled it just to make sure I was correct:

deprive (someone) of a right or privilege.

"a measure that would disenfranchise people from access to legal advice"

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Level 40
May 26, 2020
12/15! Being bilingual French/English actually helped me!
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Level 24
May 27, 2020
Disenfranchise has two correct answers, as depriving one of a right/freedom is also a commonly and correct use of the word. In fact, I'd argue that the use of the word in most vernacular refers to the latter answer, and not specifically the right to vote.

Just sayin'.

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Level 45
May 29, 2020
Interesting, got disenfranchise