120 Adjectives That Start With “D”

Desperate for delightful adjectives that start with “D”? Or are you looking for more difficult and distasteful words to describe a dire situation? Either way, you’ll find a wealth of “D” adjectives ready for dreamy dates or dastardly deeds.

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Positive Adjectives That Start With “D”

Without positive adjectives beginning with “D,” how could you compliment the distinguished, dear, and deserving people in your lives? Use these dazzling “D” adjectives in thank you cards, birthday greetings, and alliterative poetry.

Adjective

Definition

Synonyms

dapper

tidy and stylish

chic, spiffy, swanky

dashing

ruggedly handsome

romantic, raffish, jaunty

dazzling

brilliantly attractive

sparkling, ravishing, splendid

dear

something beloved

cherished, esteemed, precious

debonair

effortlessly charming

sophisticated, charming, suave

decent

appropriate or good

fitting, mannerly, adequate

deft

very skilled

adroit, adept, nimble

deific

godlike

hallowed, holy, beatific

delectable

utterly enjoyable, especially food

mouthwatering, piquant, luscious

delicious

pleasing to the taste

appetizing, succulent, flavorful

delightful

lovely and enjoyable

congenial, entertaining, captivating

deluxe

the highest quality

opulent, magnificent, palatial

depurated

cleansed of impurities

purified, absolved, abluted

deserving

worthy of praise and respect

exemplary, meritorious, estimable

desirable

worth wanting or having

advantageous, preferable, worthwhile

devil-may-care

charming, without worries

rakish, casual, raffish

dignified

expressing dignity

noble, august, courtly

diligent

working with careful effort

responsible, hardworking, persevering

diplomatic

easily solves problems without hurting others

tactful, courteous, conscientious

disarming

using charm to keep the peace

ingratiating, convincing, inveigling

discerning

having excellent, choosy taste

judicious, selective, cultured

dishy

beautiful in a flashy way

glamorous, attractive, sultry

distinguished

important and accomplished

eminent, prestigious, venerable

divine

utterly perfect

saintly, wonderful, heavenly

dollish

as cute as a doll

adorable, cherubic, cute

dominant

taking control

authoritative, commanding, hegemonic

dovish

peacekeeping

pacifistic, nonaggressive, peaceable

dreamy

pleasantly calm

soothing, gentle, lulling

dutiful

acting from a sense of duty

obedient, loyal, conscientious

dynamic

full of energy

active, energetic, vigorous

Negative Adjectives That Start With “D”

Two important prefixes begin with “D” (de- and dis-), and they both mean “not” or “the opposite of.” That’s why there are so many discouraging, demoralizing, and dismaying adjectives beginning with “D.”

Adjective

Definition

Synonyms

damaging

causing injury or harm

afflicting, marring, injurious

dangerous

having hazard or risk

perilous, precarious, unsafe

dastardly

backstabbing and cruel

underhanded, craven, pusillanimous

defamatory

harmful to one’s reputation

slanderous, libelous, vilifying

deleterious

causing damage

unfavorable, inimical, adverse

demoralizing

emotionally undermining

crushing, upsetting, crippling

deplorable

shockingly bad

reprehensible, unforgivable, inexcusable

depraved

morally corrupt

reprobate, deviant, wicked

despairing

having no hope left

forlorn, inconsolable, bereft 

desperate

in great need

frantic, hopeless, wretched

despondent

miserably depressed

downcast, forlorn, morose

destructive

bringing massive damage

catastrophic, ruinous, pernicious

detrimental

causing damage or harm

inimical, baneful, disadvantageous

devastating

overwhelmingly terrible

annihilating, cataclysmal, crushing

diabolical

wickedly bad

devilish, fiendish, unholy

difficult

complicated, hard to understand

arduous, formidable, onerous

dire

urgent, bringing terrible consequences

critical, harrowing, portentous

disappointing

an unsatisfactory event or result

frustrating, upsetting, let down

discomfiting

causing uneasiness

nonplussing, awkward, exasperating

disconcerting

causing confusion or frustration

unsettling, perturbing, unnerving

disconsolate

completely cheerless

inconsolable, gloomy, miserable

discouraging

depriving someone of confidence

bleak, frustrating, unfavorable

disenchanted

no longer feeling pleased or charmed by something

depressed, soured, cynical

disgraceful

bringing shame

scandalous, contemptible, ignominious

disillusioned

losing ideals and beliefs 

world-weary, undeceived, embittered

dismaying

upsetting and frustrating

troubling, distressing, befuddling

disrespectful

failing to show respect

impolite, rude, uncivil

distressed

in a state of anxiety or discomfort

agitated, concerned, nervous

distasteful

unpleasant, not wanted

repugnant, undesirable, unpleasant

dowdy

not attractive or fashionable

frumpy, outmoded, shabby

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Personality Adjectives That Start With “D”

Can someone be both deliberate and defensive? It’s possible, but chances are, you’ll need more “D” adjectives to describe your dearest friends’ personalities.

Adjective

Definition

Synonyms

daft

unaware of something obvious

foolhardy, unwise, idiotic

deadpan

without humor or expression

impassive, inscrutable, stony

decisive

capable of making quick decisions

absolute, unhesitating, intent

decorous

showing decorum and good taste

civilized, staid, befitting

defensive

an attitude or position of defense

touchy, shielding, guarding

deliberate

thinking carefully before taking action

intentional, conscious, considered

deluded

having beliefs not based on reality

confused, neurotic, unrealistic

demure

reserved and modest

bashful, coy, prim

dense

not perceptive or intelligent

slow-witted, insensitive, ignorant

desultory

wandering from one thing to the next

erratic, sporadic, haphazard

determined

making one’s mind up

intent, single-minded, resolute

devious

sneaky and dishonest

underhanded, unscrupulous, fraudulent

devout

showing devotion, particularly in religion

pious, reverent, spiritual

diametric

directly opposed to

contradictory, contrary, converse

didactic

instructive, teacher-like

pedagogic, informational, academic

dilatory

prone to procrastination

delaying, sluggish, slothful

disaffected

resentful of authority

malcontent, restless, insubordinate

disagreeable

constantly irritable and arguing

ill-humored, unpleasant, obnoxious

disciplined

well-managed

trained, orderly, controlled

discreet

careful about what one says

prudent, restrained, circumspect

discursive

overly wordy or talkative

circumlocutory, rambling, verbose

disingenuous

slyly deceptive

pretentious, misleading, insincere

doleful

miserably unhappy

crestfallen, gloomy, woeful

dolorous

in terrible pain or distress

mournful, wretched, dismal

doltish

behaving in a foolish way

blockheaded, brainless, obtuse

dramatic

having high emotion and expression

histrionic, spectacular, breathtaking

driven

highly motivated and eager to work hard

compelled, guided, directed

droll

wryly amusing

sarcastic, whimsical, absurd

duplicitous

marked by treachery or deceit

sneaky, underhanded, two-faced

dyspeptic

consistently angry or rude

short-tempered, snappish, cantankerous

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Descriptive Adjectives That Start With “D”

Would you enter a dark, dank, decaying cave? What about a drizzly, dewy meadow? There are many different descriptive adjectives that begin with “D” — including the word descriptive!

Adjective

Definition

Synonyms

dainty

small and pretty

petite, slight, precious

dank

wet and cold

clammy, soggy, slimy

dark

lacking light

gloomy, shadowy, tenebrous

deafening

unpleasantly loud

vociferous, ear-splitting, roaring

decayed

broken down and rotting

ruined, withered, corroded

deep

far beneath, under a surface

bottomless, fathomless, nethermost, subterranean

delicate

light and subtle

fragile, gentle, graceful

derelict

abandoned and run-down

neglected, shabby, faded

desiccated

completely lacking moisture

parched, shriveled, evaporated

dewy

pleasantly wet

refreshing, moist, vaporous

dichotomous

divided in two

bifurcate, bilateral, split

different

unlike something else

alien, unrelated, opposed

dilapidated

falling apart

battered, crumbling, unkempt

diminutive

miniature and small

lilliputian, pint-size, bantam

dingy

beat up and run down

tarnished, seedy, bedimmed

dirty

unclean, covered in grime

foul, grimy, soiled

discordant

harsh, unpleasant to the ear

cacophonous, grating, shrill

disparate

dramatically different from each other

contrasting, incommensurate, unlike

dissonant

sounds that clash

inharmonious, incongruous, sour

distinctive

a trait that sets something apart

characteristic, distinguishing, unique

distracting

taking one’s attention

engaging, intriguing, sidetracking

divergent

moving in different directions

aberrant, anomalous, variant

diverse

having variety

assorted, various, heterogeneous

drizzly

slightly rainy or wet

muggy, misty, moist

downy

featherlike, soft

fuzzy, fleecy, velvety

drab

not bright or lively

grungy, boring, lackluster

dry

lacking water

arid, barren, parched

durable

resistant to damage and age

enduring, hardy, lasting

dusky

dark-colored, shadowed

funereal, swarthy, bistered

dusty

covered in powder or fine particles

sooty, arenose, crummy

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Example Sentences Using Adjectives Starting With “D”

Determine which “D” adjectives can make your discourse more durable and droll (though never distasteful) with several example sentences. They include different types of adjectives, depending on what you’re trying to decide.

  1. We washed the dirty team uniforms before the big game.
  2. This forest is home to a diverse ecosystem of plants, animals, and fungi.
  3. I’m not even going to respond to that doltish request.
  4. Aunt Ellen is so discursive that she can talk for an hour without taking a break.
  5. Debbie drank a delicious cup of coffee before getting back to her daily tasks.
  6. Patrick was disappointed to find a broken sprinkler head in his lawn.
  7. I called in sick because of a dolorous headache.
  8. Thomas stepped out to the dewy morning and took a deep, refreshing breath.
  9. The dissonant sounds of the baby crying and the fire alarm made me cringe.
  10. Don’t you think that long, shapeless dress is a little dowdy for the banquet?
  11. The disaffected group of students protested against the university administration.
  12. I gently stroked the baby duckling’s soft, downy head.
  13. Mike flashed a disarming smile at the mechanic, who agreed to take a look at our car.
  14. “That’s just great,” she quipped in a deadpan tone.
  15. Staying up late can be deleterious to your sleep schedule.
  16. Hearing the news about the newest layoffs was disconcerting to the rest of the department.
  17. Margot is decisive and straightforward, making her an excellent manager.
  18. Your devil-may-care attitude may be cute now, but someday you’ll need to be serious.
  19. The rumors were quite damaging to the mayor’s reputation.
  20. Your actions were disgraceful, and you owe everyone an apology.
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Dive Into Diverse “D” Words

The journey into words that start with “D” doesn’t end with adjectives. Try out these daring parts of speech in your next dictionary destination.