maintain a detached point of view and stay uninvolved with his or her patients' personal lives. To a child growing up in an apartment or a row house, to live in a detached house was an unattainable dream.
detergent N. /洗洁精;洗涤剂/cleansing agent. Many new detergents have replaced soap.
determination N. /决定;测量，计算;解决/resolve; measurement or calculation; decision. Nothing could shake his
determination that his children would get the best education that money could buy. Thanks to my pocket calculator, my determination of the answer to the problem took only seconds of my time.
deterrent N. /挫败;使气馁/something that discourages; hindrance. Does the threat of capital punishment serve as a
deterrent to potential killers? deter,V.
detonation N. /引爆，爆炸/explosion. The detonation of the bomb could be heard m iles away.
detraction N. /诽谤/slandering; aspersion. He is offended by your frequent detractions of his ability as a leader. detrimental ADJ. /有害的/harmful; damaging. The candidate's acceptance of major financial contributions from a
wellknown racist ultimately proved detrimental to his campaign, for he lost the backing of many of his early grassroots supporters. detriment, N.
deviate V. /背离/turn away from (a principle, norm); depart; diverge. Richard never deviated from his daily routine:
every day he set off for work at eight o'clock, had his sack lunch (peanut butter on whole wheat) at 12:15, and headed home at the stroke of five.
devious ADJ. /拐弯抹角的;偏僻的/roundabout; erratic; not straightforward. The Joker's plan was so devious that it was
only with great difficulty we could follow its shifts and dodges.
devise V. /设计;发明/think up; invent; plan. How clever he must be to have devised such a devious plan! What
ingenious inventions might he have devised if he had turned his mind to science and not to crime.
devoid ADJ. /缺乏的/lacking. You may think her mind is a total void, but she's actually not devoid of intelligence. She
just sounds like an airhead.
devotee N. /热心的追随者/enthusiastic follower. A devotee of the opera, he bought season tickets every year. devout ADJ. /虔诚的;诚恳的/pious. The devout man prayed daily.
dexterous ADJ. /灵巧的;右撇子/skillful. The magician was so dexterous that we could not follow him as he performed
diabolical ADJ. /恶魔的/devilish. "What a fiend I am, to devise such a diabolical scheme to destroy Gotham City,"
chortled the Joker gleefully.
diagnosis N. /诊断/art of identifying a disease; analysis of a condition. In medical school Margaret developed her skill
at diagnosis, learning how to read volumes from a rapid pulse or a hacking cough. diagnose, V.; diagnostic, ADJ.
discomfit V. /扰乱/put to rout; defeat; disconcert. This ruse will discomfit the enemy. discomfiture, N. discomfited, ADJ. discomposure N. /心乱;不安/agitation; loss of poise. Perpetually poised, Agent 007 never exhibited a moment's
disconcert V. /迷惑;扰乱;使难堪/confuse; upset; embarrass. The lawyer was disconcerted by the evidence produced
by her adversary.
disconsolate ADJ. /悲伤;沮丧/sad. The death of his wife left him disconsolate. discord N. /冲突的;不和谐的/conflict; lack of harmony. Watching Tweedledum battle Tweedledee, Alice wondered what
had caused this pointless discord.
discordant ADJ. /不和谐的;冲突的/not harmonious; conflicting. Nothing is quite so discordant as the sound of a junior
high school orchestra tuning up.
discount V. /漠视;解散/disregard; dismiss. Be prepared to discount what he has to say about his ex-wife.
discourse N. /演讲;谈话/formal discussion; conversation. The young Plato was drawn to the Agora to hear the
philosophical discourse of Socrates and his followers. als oV.
discredit V. /不信任;丢脸/defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve. The campaign was highly negative in tone; each candidate tried to discredit the other