Adjectives That Start with D

One should never feel downtrodden when it comes to adjectives. So, if you're ever afraid of being the one person in the room who's a little doltish when it comes to adjectives that start with the letter D, or if you ever feel dreary when other adjectives come up, just keep reading - no need for drastic measures!

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50 Adjectives That Start With D

Here follow 50 adjectives, chosen to be commonly used and relevant to everyday conversation and writing. We've provided a definition straight from our dictionary and a list of synonyms courtesy of our thesaurus. If you need more, just check those out.





occurring every day, during the day

circadian, diurnal, regularly, routine


characterized by hazard or risk

deadly, perilous, precarious, unsafe


lacking light, shadowed

dusky, gloomy, shadowy, tenebrous


no longer living, the opposite of alive

deceased, extinct, inanimate, lifeless


something that is beloved, inspires tender and positive feeling

cherished, esteemed, precious, valuable


characterized by appropriateness or goodness

demure, fitting, mannerly, virtuous


far beneath, under a surface

bottomless, fathomless, nethermost, subterranean


providing or focusing on protection

protective, shielding, guarding


pleasing, especially to the taste

appetizing, delectable, yummy


maintaining beliefs that are contradictory to reality

confused, deluded, neurotic, unrealistic


of an organization, to be controlled by its members

autonomous, egalitarian, equalitarian, self-ruling


someone, often a woman, who is reserved and modest

bashful, coy, prim, shy


relating to teeth

oral, orthodontic


contingent on something else, determined by another factor

conditional, provisional, reliant, subordinate


worthy of being treated in a particular manner or given special treatment

exemplary, meriting, meritorious, owed


of a situation or feeling, to be at risk of catastrophe, to risk terrible consequences

despairing, despondent, dire, frantic


to be particularized, rich with detail

comprehensive, itemized, meticulous, thorough


causing damage or harm

damaging, deleterious, destructive, disturbing


directly opposed to

contradictory, contrary, converse, opposite


divided in two

binary, bilateral, dual, dualistic


not resembling another subject, unlike something else

alien, disparate, divergent, unrelated


complicated, hard to understand

arduous, formidable, laborious, onerous


using digits, transmitted electronically, opposite of analog

automated, binary, computerized, numerical


by the shortest way, straightforward

linear, straight, undeviating


unclean, covered in grime

defiled, foul, grimy, soiled


unhappy with an event or result

discouraged, dissatisfied, frustrated, let down


harsh, unpleasant to the ear

cacophonous, dissonant, grating, shrill


overly wordy or talkative

desultory, digressive, rambling, verbose


failing to show respect

discourteous, impolite, rude, uncivil


to hide the identity of, to conceal

camouflage, disguise, dissemble, mask


unpleasant, not wanted, expressing aversion

disagreeable, repugnant, undesirable, unpleasant


noticeable, specific to one particular thing

characteristic, distinguishing, outstanding, peculiar


taking attention from, capturing interest

diverting, engaging, intriguing, sidetracking


in a state of anxiety or discomfort

agitated, concerned, nervous, uneasy


different, having multiple characteristic qualities

assorted, distinct, heterogeneous, varied


having to do with God or gods

deific, godlike, holy, numinous


to feel or express great distress

doleful, mournful, plaintive, rueful


to behave in a foolish way, to be unwise

blockheaded, dense, dumb, obtuse


having to do with a household

domesticated, household, indigenous, local


something in control, in charge

authoritative, commanding, controlling, hegemonic


in a pair

bifold, binary, dual, twofold


in the southernmost or most urban part of a city

citified, inner-city, metropolitan, urban


thrilling in the fashion of a play or musical

histrionic, spectacular, stagy, striking


lacking water

arid, barren, desiccated, parched


occuring twice

coupled, double, paired, twin


marked by treachery or deceit

devious, disingenuous, sneaky, underhanded


lasting a long time, resistant to damage and age

enduring, hardy, lasting, tough


full of energy

active, energetic, kinetic, vigorous


nonworking, functioning poorly

debilitated, defective, flawed, maladjusted


suffering from indigestion, also angry or rude

cross, grouchy, grumpy, touchy

10 Example Sentences With D-Adjectives

Here we've presented 10 sentences that use our D-adjectives in a common setting. For more help with sentence structure, check out our sentence variety examples and articles on compound and declarative sentences. We've also linked to more examples in each sentence.

  1. One day, Debbie was disappointed to find her usual track dirty with debris.
  2. She decided to take another path downtown to work.
  3. Debbie arrived at her dull but durable desk early.
  4. On arrival, she found a diverse variety of distracting problems awaiting her.
  5. Her dysfunctional computer had locked up again, and several customers had left messages.
  6. She attended to her customers' sometimes sometimes doltish requests in time for lunch.
  7. After lunch, despite a meeting full of discursive coworkers, she was able to get her computer working again.
  8. Debbie downed a delicious cup of coffee before getting back to her daily tasks.
  9. She was disappointed to find a number of fresh issues waiting on her newly fixed computer.
  10. Her afternoon troubles turned out not too dolorous, and she had no trouble squaring them away before the end of the day.

What Is an Adjective?

An adjective is one of two kinds of modifiers in English. The other kind is the adverb. The difference is simple: adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, while adjectives only modify nouns. Before you use an adjective, be sure the word you're modifying is a person, place, thing or idea.

Types of Adjectives

While all adjectives exist to modify nouns, there are at least three categories of adjectives, each representing what it does.

  • Demonstrative adjectives, while not numerous, are some of the most important words in the language. They answer the question "which one?" as applied to a noun. When you specify "these apples" or "that person over there," you are using a demonstrative adjective.
  • Descriptive adjectives are likely the first words that spring to mind when you think of adjectives. They describe specific qualities about the noun they modify. In the phrase "a red apple," the word "red" is a descriptive adjective applied to the noun "apple."
  • Quantitative adjectives answer the simple question of "how many?" as applied to a noun. In phrases like "all of the students" or "some of our neighbors," "all" and "some" are quantitative adjectives, indicating what proportion of the noun is being described.

If you're unclear on some of the concepts above, don't fret. We have comprehensive articles on examples of adjectives and types of adjectives to help you out.

Ds by Degrees

They weren't all dismal, right? Isn't it interesting to examine the English language, letter by letter? Not all "D" words are bad, not by any stretch. But, it is interesting to see how they fall on the scale of good and evil, given their propensity for prefixes such as dis- and dys-. Let's keep our examination going strong, as we move into the letter E and explore a fun list of Adjectives That Start With E.