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(Latin: from, away from, off; down; wholly, entirely, utterly, complete; reverse the action of, undo; the negation or reversal of the notion expressed in the primary or root word)

derogatory (adjective), more derogatory, most derogatory
1. Conveying an expression of criticism or a low opinion: Maxine was accused of making derogatory remarks about her employer because she said that he was always trying to control every detail of what the workers were doing instead of letting them complete their assignments without constantly badgering or pestering them.
2. A reference to tendencies to diminish the merits or reputations of people or things: The Republican candidates have been making too many derogatory remarks about each other which provides the Democrats with all kinds of reasons for the voters not to vote for any Republicans.
Descriptive of expressing disdain or belittling someone or something.
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Tending to disparage someone.
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Referring to someone who is being degraded or belittled.
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desalinate (verb), desalinates; desalinated; desalinating
desalination (s) (noun), desalinations (pl)
1. The removal of salt from a body of water or a system; especially, the removal of salt from sea water to make it suitable for drinking.
2. The removal of dissolved salts from seawater and in some cases from the brackish waters of inland seas, highly mineralized ground waters; such as, geothermal water that is saturated or strongly impregnated with salt, and municipal waste waters.

The process of desalination includes removal of dissolved salts from sea water and from the salty waters of inland seas, highly mineralized ground waters, and municipal waste waters.

The process of desalinationmakes such otherwise unusable waters fit for human consumption, irrigation, industrial applications, and for other purposes.

—Partially compiled from information located at:
"Desalination"; Encyclopædia Britannica; January 8, 2010;
Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
desalination (adjective), more desalination, most desalination

Distillation, or condensation from a vapor, is the most widely used desalination process; freezing and thawing, electrodialysis, and reverse osmosis are also used. All are energy-intensive and therefore expensive; so, for this reason, it is generally used only where sources of fresh water are not economically available.

Currently, more than two billion gallons (eight million cubic meters) of fresh water are produced each day by several thousand desalination plants throughout the world, the largest producers are apparently are in the Arabian Peninsula.

desalt (verb), desalts; desalted; desalting (verbs)
1. To remove salt from something; especially, from sea water, usually to make it drinkable.
2. Any of various methods used to remove mineral salt from ocean water or other brines; such as, flash desalting, reverse osmosis, or electrodialysis.
desanguinate (verb), desanguinates; desanguinated; desanguinating
A process or anything which causes a massive loss of blood.
desanguination (s) (noun), desanguinations (pl)
A condition is which there is a massive loss of blood.
descend (verb), descends; descended, descending
1. To move from a higher to a lower place; to come or to go down: People were waiting for the elevator to descend from the 5th to the 1st floor..
2. To slope, to extend, or to incline downward: The visitors descended down to the river on the path.
3. To come from an ancestor or ancestry: Hank said he was descended from a pioneer family.
4. To come down from a source; to derive: The traditions of some people have descended from ancient customs.
5. To pass by inheritance: Mack's house is said to have descended through four generations.
6. To proceed or to progress downward, as in rank, pitch, or scale: The various states of America on the list are descending according to their populations.
7. To arrive or to attack in a sudden or an overwhelming manner: The summer tourists are suddenly descending on the seashore village.
descending tetanus
Tetanus in which muscle spasms occur first in the head and neck and later are manifested in other muscles of the body.
descent (s) (noun), descents (pl)
1. A slant or slope, particularly of a path or trail: The sign, showing the descent into the village from the top of the mountain, was next to the route the hikers were walking on.
2. A condition of falling, dropping, or moving in a downward manner: All the passengers in the airplane had their seat belts on in preparation for the descent to the landing strip at the airport.
3. A person’s ancestry in terms of relatives or place of birth: Nadine was the only exchange student of German descent who was attending the high school in California for the period of a year.
4. A social or moral decline into a particularly ill-favored situation: The plight of losing his children in the car accident drove Sam into a descent of madness and self-destruction.
5. A violent attack or invasion: During the summer, there was a sudden descent of grasshoppers in the fields of grain and the farmers were completely helpless in trying to save any of their crops.
6. A decline in value or station of life: After Thomas lost his job at the factory, and not finding another one, his family experienced a descent into poverty during the following year.
desciduous
describable (adjective), more describable, most describable
Pertaining to an account of something when details of its characteristics are available.
describe (verb), describes; described; describing
1. To set forth in words, written or spoken, by reference to qualities, recognizable features, or characteristic marks.
2. To give a detailed, or graphic, account of by giving details of its characteristics.
3. To give an account of in speech or writing.
4. To convey an idea or impression of something or to characterize it.
describer
Someone who gives an account or representation of someone, or something, in words or by a figure, model, or picture.
description (s) (noun), descriptions (pl)
A written or verbal account, representation, or explanation of someone or something.
A policeman is describing a criminal to a police artist.
A police officer is providing a description of a criminal to a police artist.

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