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    DISHONEST, a. Dizonest. [dis and honest.]

    1. Void of honesty; destitute of probity, integrity or good faith; faithless; fraudulent; knavish; having or exercising a disposition to deceive, cheat and defraud; applied to persons; as a dishonest man.NWAD DISHONEST.2

    2. Proceeding from fraud or marked by it; fraudulent; knavish; as a dishonest transaction.NWAD DISHONEST.3

    3. Disgraced; dishonored; from the sense in Latin.NWAD DISHONEST.4

    Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears.NWAD DISHONEST.5

    4. Disgraceful; ignominious; from the Latin sense.NWAD DISHONEST.6

    Inglorious triumphs, and dishonest scars.NWAD DISHONEST.7

    5. Unchaste; lewd.NWAD DISHONEST.8

    DISHONESTLY, adv. Dizonestly.

    1. In a dishonest manner; without good faith, probity or integrity; with fraudulent views; knavishly.NWAD DISHONESTLY.2

    2. Lewdly; unchastely.NWAD DISHONESTLY.3

    DISHONESTY, n. Dizonesty.

    1. Want of probity, or integrity in principle; faithlessness; a disposition to cheat or defraud, or to deceive and betray; applied to persons.NWAD DISHONESTY.2

    2. Violation of trust or of justice; fraud; treachery; any deviation from probity or integrity; applied to acts.NWAD DISHONESTY.3

    3. Unchastity; incontinence; lewdness.NWAD DISHONESTY.4

    4. Deceit; wickedness; shame. 2 Corinthians 4:2.NWAD DISHONESTY.5

    DISHONOR, n. Dizonor. [dis and honor.] Reproach; disgrace; ignominy; shame; whatever constitutes a stain or blemish in the reputation.

    It was not meet for us to see the kings dishonor. Ezra 4:14.NWAD DISHONOR.2

    It may express less than ignominy and infamy.NWAD DISHONOR.3

    DISHONOR, v.t.

    1. To disgrace; to bring reproach or shame on; to stain the character of; to lessen reputation. The duelist dishonors himself to maintain his honor.NWAD DISHONOR.5

    The impunity of the crimes of great men dishonors the administration of the laws.NWAD DISHONOR.6

    2. To treat with indignity.NWAD DISHONOR.7

    3. To violate the chastity of; to debauch.NWAD DISHONOR.8

    4. To refuse or decline to accept or pay; as, to dishonor a bill of exchange.NWAD DISHONOR.9


    1. Shameful; reproachful; base; vile; bringing shame on; staining the character, and lessening reputation. Every act of meanness, and every vice is dishonorable.NWAD DISHONORABLE.2

    2. Destitute of honor; as a dishonorable man.NWAD DISHONORABLE.3

    3. In a state of neglect or disesteem.NWAD DISHONORABLE.4

    He that is dishonorable in riches, how much more in poverty?NWAD DISHONORABLE.5

    DISHONORABLY, adv. Reproachfully; in a dishonorable manner.

    DISHONORARY, a. Dizonorary. Bringing dishonor on; tending to disgrace; lessening reputation.

    DISHONORED, pp. Disgraced; brought into disrepute.

    DISHONORER, n. One who dishonors or disgraces; one who treats another with indignity.

    DISHONORING, ppr. Disgracing; bringing into disrepute; treating with indignity.

    DISHORN, v.t. [dis and horn.] To deprive of horns.

    DISHORNED, pp. Stripped of horns.

    DISHUMOR, n. [dis and humor.] Peevishness; ill humor. [Little used.]

    DISIMPARK, v.t. [dis, in and park.] To free from the barriers of a park; to free from restraints or seclusion. [Little used.]

    DISIMPROVEMENT, n. [dis and improvement.] Reduction from a better to a worse state; the contrary to improvement or melioration; as the disimprovement of the earth. [Little used.]

    DISINCARCERATE, v.t. [dis and incarcerate.] To liberate from prison; to set free from confinement. [Not much used.]

    DISINCLINATION, n. [dis and inclination.] Want of inclination; want of propensity, desire or affection; slight dislike; aversion; expressing less than hate.

    Disappointment gave him a disinclination to the fair sex.NWAD DISINCLINATION.2

    DISINCLINE, v.t. [dis and incline.] To excite dislike or slight aversion; to make disaffected; to alienate from. His timidity disinclined him from such an arduous enterprise.

    DISINCLINED, pp. Not inclined; averse.

    DISINCLINING, ppr. Exciting dislike or slight aversion.


    1. To deprive of corporate powers; to disunite a corporate body, or an established society.NWAD DISINCORPORATE.2

    2. To detach or separate from a corporation or society.NWAD DISINCORPORATE.3

    DISINCORPORATION, n. Deprivation of the rights and privileges of a corporation.

    DISINFECT, v.t. [dis and infect.] To cleanse from infection; to purify from contagious matter.

    DISINFECTED, pp. Cleansed from infection.

    DISINFECTING, ppr. Purifying from infection.

    DISINFECTION, n. Purification from infecting matter.

    DISINGENUITY, n. [dis and ingenuity.] Meanness of artifice; unfairness; disingenuousness; want of candor. [This word is little used, or not at all, in the sense here explained. See Ingenuity. We now use in lieu of it disingenuousness.]

    DISINGENUOUS, a. [dis and ingenuous.]

    1. Unfair; not open, frank and candid; meanly artful; illiberal; applied to persons.NWAD DISINGENUOUS.2

    2. Unfair; meanly artful; unbecoming true honor and dignity; as disingenuous conduct; disingenuous schemes.NWAD DISINGENUOUS.3

    DISINGENUOUSLY, adv. In a disingenuous manner; unfairly; not openly and candidly; with secret management.


    1. Unfairness; want of candor; low craft; as the disingenuousness of a man, or of his mind.NWAD DISINGENUOUSNESS.2

    2. Characterized by unfairness, as conduct or practices.NWAD DISINGENUOUSNESS.3

    DISINHERISON, n. [dis and inherit.]

    1. The act of cutting off from hereditary succession; the act of disinheriting.NWAD DISINHERISON.2

    2. The state of being disinherited.NWAD DISINHERISON.3

    DISINHERIT, v.t. [dis and inherit.] To cut off from hereditary right; to deprive of an inheritance; to prevent as an heir from coming into possession of any property or right, which, by law or custom, would devolve on him in the course of descent. A father sometimes disinherits his children by will. In England, the crown is descendible to the eldest son, who cannot be disinherited by the will of his father.

    DISINHERITED, pp. Cut off from an inheritance.

    DISINHERITING, ppr. Depriving of an hereditary estate or right.

    DISINTEGRABLE, a. [dis and integer.] That may be separated into integrant parts; capable of disintegration.

    Argillo-calcite is readily disintegrable by exposure to the atmosphere.NWAD DISINTEGRABLE.2

    DISINTEGRATE, v.t. [dis and integer.] To separate the integrant parts of.

    Marlites are not disintegrated by exposure to the atmosphere, at least in six years.NWAD DISINTEGRATE.2

    DISINTEGRATED, pp. Separated into integrant parts without chemical action.

    DISINTEGRATION, n. The act of separating integrant parts of a substance, as distinguished from decomposition or the separation of constituent parts.

    DISINTER, v.t. [dis and inter.]

    1. To take out of a grave, or out of the earth; as, to disinter a dead body that is buried.NWAD DISINTER.2

    2. To take out as from a grave; to bring from obscurity into view.NWAD DISINTER.3

    The philosopher--may be concealed in a plebeian, which a proper education might have disinterred. [Unusual.]NWAD DISINTER.4

    DISINTERESSED, DISINTERESSMENT, [See Disinterested, etc.]

    DISINTEREST, n. [dis and interest.]

    1. What is contrary to the interest or advantage; disadvantage; injury. [Little used or not at all.]NWAD DISINTEREST.2

    2. Indifference to profit; want of regard to private advantage.NWAD DISINTEREST.3

    DISINTEREST, v.t. To disengage from private interest or personal advantage. [Little used.]


    1. Uninterested; indifferent; free from self-interest; having no personal interest or private advantage in a question or affair. It is important that a judge should be perfectly disinterested.NWAD DISINTERESTED.2

    2. Not influenced or dictated by private advantage; as a disinterested decision. [This word is more generally used than uninterested.]NWAD DISINTERESTED.3

    DISINTERESTEDLY, adv. In a disinterested manner.

    DISINTERESTEDNESS, n. The state or quality of having no personal interest or private advantage in a question or event; freedom from bias or prejudice, on account of private interest; indifference.

    DISINTERESTING, a. Uninteresting. [The latter is the word now used.]

    DISINTERMENT, n. The act of disinterring, or taking out of the earth.

    DISINTERRED, pp. Taken out of the earth or grave.

    DISINTERRING, ppr. Taking out of the earth, or out of a grave.

    DISINTHRALL, v.t. [dis and enthrall.] To liberate from slavery, bondage or servitude; to free or rescue from oppression.

    DISINTHRALLED, pp. Set free from bondage.

    DISINTHRALLING, ppr. Delivering from slavery or servitude.

    DISINTHRALLMENT, n. Liberation from bondage; emancipation from slavery.

    DISINURE, v.t. [dis and inure.] To deprive of familiarity or custom.

    DISINVITE, v.t. To recall an invitation.

    DISINVOLVE, v.t. disinvolv. [dis and involve.] To uncover; to unfold or unroll; to disentangle.

    DISJOIN, v.t. [dis and join.] To part; to disunite; to separate; to sunder.

    DISJOINED, pp. Disunited; separated.

    DISJOINING, ppr. Disuniting; severing.

    DISJOINT, v.t. [dis and joint.]

    1. To separate a joint; to separate parts united by joints; as, to disjoint the limbs; to disjoint bones; to disjoint a fowl in carving.NWAD DISJOINT.2

    2. To put out of joint; to force out of its socket; to dislocate.NWAD DISJOINT.3

    3. To separate at junctures; to break at the part where things are united by cement; as disjointed columns.NWAD DISJOINT.4

    4. To break in pieces; to separate united parts; as, to disjoint an edifice; the disjointed parts of a ship.NWAD DISJOINT.5

    5. To break the natural order and relations of a thing; to make incoherent; as a disjointed speech.NWAD DISJOINT.6

    DISJOINT, v.i. To fall in pieces.

    DISJOINT, a. Disjointed.

    DISJOINTED, pp. Separated at the joints; parted limb from limb; carved; put out of joint; not coherent.

    DISJOINTING, ppr. Separating joints; disjoining limb from limb; breaking at the seams or junctures; rendering incoherent.

    DISJOINTLY, adv. In a divided state.

    DISJUDICATION, n. [L.] Judgment; determination. [Not used.]

    DISJUNCT, a. [L., to join.] Disjoined; separated.

    DISJUNCTION, n. [L.] The act of disjoining; disunion; separation; a parting; as the disjunction of soul and body.


    1. Separating; disjoining.NWAD DISJUNCTIVE.2

    2. Incapable of union. [Unusual.]NWAD DISJUNCTIVE.3

    3. In grammar, a disjunctive conjunction or connective, is a word which unites sentences or the parts of discourse in construction, but disjoins the sense, noting an alternative or opposition; as, I love him, or I fear him; I neither love him, nor fear him.NWAD DISJUNCTIVE.4

    4. In logic, a disjunctive proposition, is one in which the parts are opposed to each other, by means of disjunctive; as, it is either day or night. A disjunctive syllogism, is when the major proposition is disjunctive; as, the earth moves in a circle, or an ellipsis; but it does not move in a circle, therefore it moves in an ellipsis.NWAD DISJUNCTIVE.5

    DISJUNCTIVE, n. A word that disjoins, as or, nor neither.

    DISJUNCTIVELY, adv. In a disjunctive manner; separately.

    DISK, n. [L. See Dish and Desk.]

    1. The body and face of the sun, moon or a planet, as it appears to us on the earth; or the body and face of the earth, as it appears to a spectator in the moon.NWAD DISK.2

    2. A quoit; a piece of stone, iron or copper, inclining to an oval figure, which the ancients hurled by the help of a leathern thong tied round the persons hand, and put through a hole in the middle.NWAD DISK.3

    Some whirl the disk, and some the javlin dart.NWAD DISK.4

    3. In botany, the whole surface of a leaf; the central part of a radiate compound flower.NWAD DISK.5

    DISKINDNESS, n. [dis and kindness.]

    1. Want of kindness; unkindness; want of affection.NWAD DISKINDNESS.2

    2. Ill turn; injury; detriment.NWAD DISKINDNESS.3

    DISLIKE, n. [dis and like.]

    1. Disapprobation; disinclination; displeasure; aversion; a moderate degree of hatred. A man shows his dislike to measures which he disapproves, to a proposal which he is disinclined to accept, and to food which he does not relish. All wise and good men manifest their dislike to folly.NWAD DISLIKE.2

    2. Discord; disagreement. [Not in use.]NWAD DISLIKE.3

    DISLIKE, v.t.

    1. To disapprove; to regard with some aversion or displeasure. We dislike proceedings which we deem wrong; we dislike persons of evil habit; we dislike whatever gives us pain.NWAD DISLIKE.5

    2. To disrelish; to regard with some disgust; as, to dislike particular kinds of food.NWAD DISLIKE.6

    DISLIKED, pp. Disapproved; disrelished.

    DISLIKEFUL, a. Disliking; disaffected. [Not used.]

    DISLIKEN, v.t. To make unlike.

    DISLIKENESS, n. [dis and likeness.] Unlikeness; want of resemblance; dissimilitude.

    DISLIKER, n. One who disapproves, or disrelishes.

    DISLIKING, ppr. Disapproving; disrelishing.

    DISLIMB, v.t. dislim. To tear the limbs from.

    DISLIMN, v.t. dislim. To strike out of a picture. [Not in use.]

    DISLOCATE, v.t. [dis and locate, L., place.] To displace; to put out of its proper place; particularly, to put out of joint; to disjoint; to move a bone from its socket, cavity or place of articulation.

    DISLOCATED, pp. Removed from its proper place; put out of joint.

    DISLOCATING, ppr. Putting out of its proper place or out of joint.


    1. The act of moving from its proper place; particularly, the act of removing or forcing a bone from its socket; luxation.NWAD DISLOCATION.2

    2. The sate of being displaced.NWAD DISLOCATION.3

    3. A joint displaced.NWAD DISLOCATION.4

    4. In geology, the displacement of parts of rocks, or portions of strata, from the situations which they originally occupied.NWAD DISLOCATION.5

    DISLODGE, v.t. dislodj. [dis and lodge.]

    1. To remove or drive from a lodge or place or rest; to drive from the place where a thing naturally rests or inhabits. Shells resting int he sea at a considerable depth, are not dislodged by storms.NWAD DISLODGE.2

    2. To drive from a place of retirement or retreat; as, to dislodge a coney or a deer.NWAD DISLODGE.3

    3. To drive from any place of rest or habitation, or from any station; as, to dislodge the enemy from their quarters, from a hill or wall.NWAD DISLODGE.4

    4. To remove an army to other quarters.NWAD DISLODGE.5

    DISLODGE, v.i. To go from a place of rest.

    DISLODGED, pp. Driven from a lodge or place of rest; removed from a place of habitation, or from any station.

    DISLODGING, ppr. Driving from a lodge or place of rest; removed from a place of habitation, or from any station.

    DISLODGING, ppr. Driving from a lodge, from a place of rest or retreat, or from any station.

    DISLOYAL, a. [dis and loyal.]

    1. Not true to allegiance; false to a sovereign; faithless; as a disloyal subject.NWAD DISLOYAL.2

    2. False; perfidious; treacherous; as a disloyal knave.NWAD DISLOYAL.3

    3. Not true to the marriage-bed.NWAD DISLOYAL.4

    4. False in love; not constant.NWAD DISLOYAL.5

    DISLOYALLY, adv. In a disloyal manner; with violation of faith or duty to a sovereign; faithlessly; perfidiously.


    1. Want of fidelity to a sovereign; violation of allegiance, or duty to a prince or sovereign authority.NWAD DISLOYALTY.2

    2. Want of fidelity in love.NWAD DISLOYALTY.3

    DISMAL, a. s as z. [I am not satisfied with the etymologies of this word which I have seen.]

    1. Dark; gloomy; as a dismal shade.NWAD DISMAL.2

    2. Sorrowful; dire; horrid; melancholy; calamitous; unfortunate; as a dismal accident; dismal effects.NWAD DISMAL.3

    3. Frightful; horrible; as a dismal scream.NWAD DISMAL.4

    DISMALLY, adv. Gloomily; horrible; sorrowfully; uncomfortably.

    DISMALNESS, n. Gloominess; horror.

    DISMANTLE, v.t. [dis and mantle.]

    1. To deprive of dress; to strip; to divest.NWAD DISMANTLE.2

    2. To loose; to throw open.NWAD DISMANTLE.3

    3. More generally, to deprive or strip of apparatus, or furniture; to unrig; as, to dismantle a ship.NWAD DISMANTLE.4

    4. To deprive or strip of military furniture; as, to dismantle a fortress.NWAD DISMANTLE.5

    5. To deprive of outworks or forts; as, to dismantle a town.NWAD DISMANTLE.6

    6. To break down; as, his nose dismantled.NWAD DISMANTLE.7

    DISMANTLED, pp. Divested; stripped of furniture; unrigged.

    DISMANTLING, ppr. Stripping of dress; depriving of apparatus or furniture.

    DISMASK, v.t. [dis and mask.] To strip off a mask; to uncover; to remove that which conceals.

    DISMASKED, pp. Divested of a mask; stripped of covering or disguise; uncovered.

    DISMASKING, ppr. Stripping of a mask or covering.

    DISMAST, v.t. [dis and mast.] To deprive of a mast or masts; to break and carry away the masts from; as, a storm dismated the ship.

    DISMASTED, pp. Deprived of a mast or masts.

    DISMASTING, ppr. Stripping of masts.

    DISMASTMENT, n. The act of dismasting; the state of being dismasted.

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