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!
Adjectives That Start with D
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
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
arid, barren, desiccated, parched
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.
- One day, Debbie was disappointed to find her usual track dirty with debris.
- She decided to take another path downtown to work.
- Debbie arrived at her dull but durable desk early.
- On arrival, she found a diverse variety of distracting problems awaiting her.
- Her dysfunctional computer had locked up again, and several customers had left messages.
- She attended to her customers' sometimes sometimes doltish requests in time for lunch.
- After lunch, despite a meeting full of discursive coworkers, she was able to get her computer working again.
- Debbie downed a delicious cup of coffee before getting back to her daily tasks.
- She was disappointed to find a number of fresh issues waiting on her newly fixed computer.
- 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.
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.