*debark \di-BARK\ (verb tr., intr.) – To disembark.
‘As Francis completed debarking from the cruise ship he realized that he had left his watch in the stateroom and that he would have to walk up two gangplanks and the entire length of the ship to retrieve it.’
From French debarquer, de- from + barque ship.
delectation \dee-lek-TAY-shun\ (noun) –
Great pleasure; delight, enjoyment.
"Julia frequently played the harp, and would choose, for her friend’s special delectation, her most doleful nocturnes…" — Leo Tolstoy, ‘War and Peace’
Delectation derives from Latin delectatio, from the past participle of delectare, "to please."
desideratum \dih-sid-uh-RAY-tum; -RAH-\ (noun) – Something desired or considered necessary. plural desiderata
"I went, had admittance, and offered him my service as a master of the Greek language, which I had been told was a desideratum in this university." — Oliver Goldsmith, ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’
Desideratum is from Latin desideratum, "a thing desired," from desiderare, "to desire."
diablerie \dee-AH-ble-ree, -ab-luh-\ (noun) –
1 : Sorcery; witchcraft.
2 : Representation of devils or demons, as in paintings or fiction.
3 : Devilish conduct; deviltry.
"Laura was quick to explain to those interested that her practice of Wicca stemmed from her sincere beliefs rather than any diablerie or other sinister leanings."
French, from Old French, from diable, devil, from Latin diabolus.
digerati \dij-uh-RAH-tee\ (plural noun)
– Persons knowledgeable about computers and technology.
"With their seeming ability to bypass any computer security system with a few keystrokes, Jack and Freddie considered themselves amongst the most elite of the digerati."
Digerati was formed by analogy with literati, "persons knowledgeable about literature."
dilettante \DIL-uh-tont; dil-uh-TONT; dil-uh-TON-tee; -TANT; -TAN-tee\ (noun) –
1 : An amateur or dabbler; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge sporadically, superficially, or for amusement only.
2 : An admirer or lover of the fine arts.
1 : Of or characteristic of a dilettante; amateurish.
"Jack’s writings began as a little more than a schoolboy’s jottings for the amusement of classmates and continued into adulthood, although he described his youthful work as the mere musings of a dilettante."
Dilettante comes from the present participle of Italian delittare, "to delight," from Latin delectare, "to delight," frequentative of delicere, "to allure," from de- + lacere, "to entice."
discomfit \dis-KUHM-fit; dis-kuhm-FIT\ (transitive verb) –
1 : To make uneasy or perplexed, or to put into a state of embarrassment; to disconcert; to upset.
2 : To thwart; to frustrate the plans of.
3 : (Archaic). To defeat in battle.
"A boy who can dodge over the roofs of Lahore city on a moonlight night, using every little patch and corner of darkness to discomfit his pursuer, is not likely to be checked by a line of well-trained soldiers." — Rudyard Kipling, "Kim"
Discomfit comes from Old French desconfit, past participle of desconfire, from Latin dis- + conficere, "to make ready, to prepare, to bring about," from com- + facere, "to make."
discommode \dis-kuh-MOD\ (verb tr.) –
To put to inconvenience.
‘Most of Susan’s art has abandoned the ambition to please the viewer aesthetically, rather seeking to shock, discommode, repulse, proselytize, or startle.’
From French discommoder, dis- + commode, convenient.
disconcert \dis-kuhn-SURT\ (transitive verb) –
1 : To disturb the composure of.
2 : To throw into disorder or confusion; as, "the emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy."
"In Natasha Prince Andrew was conscious of a strange world completely alient to him and brimful of joys unknown to him, a different world that in the Otradnoe avenue and at the window that moonlifht night had already begun to disconcert him. Now this world disconcerted him no longer and was no longer alien to him, but he himself, having entered it, found in it a new enjoyment." — Leo Tolstoy, ‘War and Peace’
Disconcert is derived from Old French desconcerter, from des-, "dis-" + concerter, from Old Italian concertare, "to act together, to agree."
discrete \dis-KREET\ (adjective) –
1 : Constituting a separate thing; distinct.
2 : Consisting of distinct or unconnected parts.
3 : (Mathematics) Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.
"Terry’s new section consisted of five discrete departments, although he had been instructed to merge them into one continuous unit."
Discrete is from Latin discretus, past participle of discernere, "to separate; to set apart," from dis-, "apart" + cernere, "to distinguish; to sift." It is not to be confused with discreet.
dissimulate \dih-SIM-yuh-layt\ (transitive verb) – To conceal under a false appearance.
"Judith’s chronic sadness was dissimulated from the world by her happy smile and cheerful disposition."
Dissimulate comes from Latin dissimulare, "to conceal, to pretend that things are not as they are," from dis- + simulare, "to make like, to copy," from similis, "like." The noun form is dissimulation.
Exigent is derived from the present participle of Latin exigere, "to demand."
dudgeon \DUH-juhn\ (noun) – A state or fit of intense indignation; resentment; ill humor — often used in the phrase "in high dudgeon."
"Clarice had managed to work herself into a high dudgeon over the pet peeves and pecadillos of her latest beau."
The origin of dudgeon is unknown.