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)
Sexually promiscuous
Well-informed and intelligent
Predicted to happen
Impoverished
Having wasted his inheritance, he was now destitute
2. Dilettante (noun)
A person with poor eyesight
An amateur who dabbles in a field
A person attracted to members of the same sex
A person who enjoys fine art
He was merely a dilettante with no real talent
3. Dearth (noun)
A rich soil
A lack
A critical mistake
Something that causes bad luck
There was a dearth of fresh water available to the hurricane survivors
4. Diabolical (adjective)
Patient
Satanic
Careful
Optimistic
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 random or unexpected occurrence
A close-knit social group
A blemish
He wrote a lengthy diatribe explaining that only a fool could think Cyprus was in Asia
6. Dissident (noun)
An armored glove
One who displays unconventional fashion choices
One who engages in combat
A person who disagrees with the ruling power
During Pinochet's reign, dissidents were thrown from helicopters into the ocean
7. Deluge (noun)
A powerful emotion, especially sadness
The "winding down" of the plot that happens after the climax
A wind that comes from the north
A great flood
As soon as Noah and his family were safely aboard, the deluge began
8. Disinter (verb)
To remove from a tomb
To cut off part of the body
To lose interest
To shoot from a cannon
The victim was disintered to collect forensic evidence
9. Duplicity (noun)
An unexpected change
Quickness to anger
Having a variety of colors
Deceptiveness; saying one thing and doing another
Undeceived by the con man's duplicity, she went inside and called the police
10. Deadpan (adjective)
Marked by pretend seriousness or impassivity
Totally dedicated and unwavering
Deeply weathered and grooved
Clownlike
His comedy is more deadpan than slapstick
11. Defame (verb)
To tell a lie in order to harm another's reputation
To coat with a thin layer or resin or oil
To formally accuse in court
To ignore
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 freedom
To deprive of food
To deprive of the right to vote
To deprive of one's income
The disenfranchised peasants sought to overthrow the aristocracy
15. Drudgery (noun)
Dastardly deeds
Dirty laundry or other soiled objects
A small room next to a kitchen
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 82
Apr 30, 2020
Nice example sentence for "diatribe" :)
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Level 60
May 26, 2020
Hahaha sure to get the masses riled
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Level 82
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 65
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 66
May 26, 2020
Kind of sad the "disenfranchise" is the most missed word on the list.
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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 47
May 26, 2020
Slightly disappointing that only 52% got “disenfranchised” correct.
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Level 57
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 61
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 56
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