dis-, di-, dif-

(Latin: separation, apart, asunder; removal, away, from; negation, deprivation, undoing, reversal, utterly, completely; in different directions)

The meaning of dis- varies with different words; dif-, assimilated form of dis- before f; di-, form of dis- before b, d, g, l, m, n, r, and v.

discussion (di SKUSH uhn) (s) (noun), discussions (pl)
1. A talk between two or more people about a subject, usually to exchange ideas or to reach a conclusion, or any talk of this kind: Just as Susan entered the kitchen, she overheard her parents having a discussion, or conversation, about where to spend their next holiday.
2. A detailed consideration or examination of a topic in writing or speech: There was a discourse or discussion in a magazine article about the best and healthiest method to lose weight.
1. Serving to disperse morbid matter; discussive; as, a discutient application.
2. An agent (as a medicinal application) which serves to disperse morbid matter.
disdain (s) (noun), disdains (pl)
1. A strong disapproval or dislike of someone or something which is considered undeserving of respect: The mayor regarded the proposal for building a shopping center in the city park with disdain.
2. Etymology: from Middle English from Old French desdeign, desdeignier; based on Latin dedignari from de-, "reversal" + dignari, "to consider worthy" from dignus,"worthy, deserving recognition".
A feeling of contempt and anger.
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A feeling of haughty contempt and dislike.
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A feeling of scorn and undesirableness
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disdainful (adjective), more disdainful, most disdainful
Conveying a strong hatred for a person, or something, that is thought does not deserve respect: "When Janine was at the restaurant, she looked at the plate which the waiter brought with a disdainful glare because it was not what she had ordered."
disdainfully (adverb), more disdainfully, most disdainfully
A reference to a person who has a strong disapproval or dislike for something, or someone, who is regarded as not deserving respect: "The artist disdainfully reacted when someone criticized his work at the exhibition."
disenchant (verb), disenchants; disenchanted; disenchanting
1. To make someone stop believing that something, or somebody, is worthwhile, right, or deserving of support.
2. To free someone from a belief: "Joe was disenchanted from the magic spell when he realized how it was a trick and not a real situation."
3. To rid of, or to free from, enchantment, illusion, credulity, etc.
4. Etymology: from about 1586, from Middle French (language as written and spoken about 1400 to 1600) desenchanter, from des-, "dis-" + enchanter, "to enchant" (from Middle English enchanten, from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantre, "to utter an incantation, to cast a spell", from en-, in-, "against" + cantre, "to sing".
disenchantment (s) (noun) (no plural form)
1. A feeling of disappointment regarding someone or something that was previously admired, respected, or believed: "Many members of the political group have a growing disenchantment with the leadership."
2. Etymology: from obsolete French desenchanter, from Old French, "to break a spell" from des-, dis-, "apart, away from" + enchanter, "to enchant" or "to put a magic spell upon".
To undo the process of envenoming; to deprive of its venom.
A loss of balance between different forces or aspects attributable to an unstable situation in which some forces outweigh others; a loss or lack of stability.
To view or to treat with dislike or disapproval.
1. To spoil, deform, or mar the appearance of someone or something.
2. To cause a permanent change in a person's body, particularly by leaving visible scars which affect a person's appearance.
1. An appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen.
2. The result of being disfigured; such as, a permanent scar.
disforest (verb), disforests; disforested; disforesting
To clear or to deprive of the tall woody plants which are perennial, have a main trunk and branches: So that the new residential area could be built, some of the woodland had to be disforested, or stripped of the trees.