1. DEFT (ADJECTIVE): efficient
Synonyms: adroit, dexterous
Antonyms: dull, blunt
Her movements during dance were neat and deft.
2. DEFUNCT (ADJECTIVE): deceased
Synonyms: lifeless, dead Antonyms: live, active
Can a defunct law change the face of a country?
3. DEGENERATE (VERB): debase
Synonyms: decline, degrade Antonyms: improve, upgrade
The quality of his writing degenerated as he continued to drink.
4. DEIFY (VERB): elevate
Synonyms: idolize, adore Antonyms: condemn, critize
The audience deified the singer’s performance.
5. DELIRIOUS (ADJECTIVE): frantic
Synonyms: excited, frenzied Antonyms: balanced, rational
He was delirious with joy.
6. DERANGE (VERB): disorder
Synonyms: addle, muddle Antonyms: order, arrange
This does not derange the numbers, since the order of succession is observed.
7. DEROGATORY (ADJECTIVE): insulting
Synonyms: dishonouring, disparaging Antonyms: appreciable, honouring
She refused to withdraw her derogatory remarks.
8. DESCENT (NOUN): going down
Synonyms: drop, plunge Antonyms: ascent, climb
That is a steep descent.
9. DESPICABLE (ADJECTIVE): contemptible
Synonyms: shameful, vile Antonyms: honorable, reputable
He said that it was a despicable crime.
10. DESPISE (VERB): abhor
Synonyms: loathe, contemn Antonyms: regard, admire
I know she despises me for failing in the examination.