Looking for negative words starting with D? You’ve landed on the right page, below I’ve put together a list of negative words that start the letter D.
I’ve included some of the more interesting, unusual, and powerful adjectives that have negative implications.
Finding the right words to describe something in the way you want can be very powerful. I hope you find the word(s) you’re looking for, good luck!
85+ Negative Words Starting With D
Damage – physical harm that impairs the value, usefulness, or normal function of something.
Damnation – condemnation to eternal punishment in hell.
Danger – the possibility of suffering harm or injury.
Darkness – the partial or total absence of light.
Dastard – a dishonorable or despicable man.
Daunting – seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.
Dazed – unable to think or react properly; bewildered.
Deadbeat – an idle, feckless, or disreputable person.
Deadweight – the weight of an inert person or thing.
Debacle – a sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco.
Debauchery – excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs.
Debt – a sum of money that is owed or due.
Decadent – characterized by or reflecting a state of moral or cultural decline.
Decayed – having rotted or decomposed.
Deceitful – guilty of or involving deceit; deceiving or misleading others.
Decline – (typically of something regarded as good) become smaller, fewer, or less; decrease.
Defamation – the action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.
Defective – imperfect or faulty.
Defiant – showing defiance.
Deform – distort the shape or form of; make misshapen.
Defrauding – illegally obtain money from (someone) by deception.
Defunct – no longer existing or functioning.
Degenerate – having lost the physical, mental, or moral qualities considered normal and desirable; showing evidence of decline.
Degrade – treat or regard (someone) with contempt or disrespect.
Dehumanize – deprive of positive human qualities.
Dejected – sad and depressed; dispirited.
Delinquent – (typically of a young person) tending to commit crime, particularly minor crime.
Deluded – believing something that is not true.
Demeaning – causing someone to lose their dignity and the respect of others.
Demolish – pull or knock down (a building).
Demonize – portray as wicked and threatening.
Demoralizing – causing someone to lose confidence or hope; disheartening.
Denial – a statement that something is not true.
Deplorable – deserving strong condemnation; completely unacceptable.
Depraved – morally corrupt; wicked.
Depressing – causing or resulting in a feeling of miserable dejection.
Derogatory – showing a critical or disrespectful attitude.
Desecrate – treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect.
Desperate – feeling or showing a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.
Despicable – deserving hatred and contempt.
Despised – feel contempt or a deep repugnance for.
Destitute – extremely poor and lacking the means to provide for oneself.
Destructive – causing great and irreparable damage.
Deteriorate – become progressively worse.
Detestable – deserving intense dislike.
Detracting – diminish the worth or value of (a quality or achievement).
Devastated – destroy or ruin.
Devilish – like or appropriate to a devil in evil and cruelty.
Devious – showing a skillful use of underhand tactics to achieve goals.
Diabolical – characteristic of the Devil, or so evil as to be suggestive of the Devil.
Difficult – needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with, or understand.
Dilemma – a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable.
Disadvantaged – (of a person or area) in unfavorable circumstances, especially with regard to financial or social opportunities.
Disagreeable – unpleasant or unenjoyable.
Disappointed – sad or displeased because someone or something has failed to fulfil one’s hopes or expectations.
Disastrous – causing great damage.
Disbelief – inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real.
Discomfort – slight pain.
Discontent – dissatisfaction with one’s circumstances; lack of contentment.
Discouragement – a loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness.
Discredit – harm the good reputation of.
Disdain – the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect.
Disgraceful – shockingly unacceptable.
Disgusted – feeling or expressing revulsion or strong disapproval.
Dishonestly – in an untrustworthy, deceitful, or insincere way.
Disheartening – causing someone to lose determination or confidence; discouraging or dispiriting.
Disillusioned – disappointed in someone or something that one discovers to be less good than one had believed.
Disliked – feel distaste for or hostility towards.
Dismayed – cause (someone) to feel concern and distress.
Disobedience – failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority.
Disorder – a state of confusion.
Displaced – take over the place, position, or role of.
Displeasure – a feeling of annoyance or disapproval.
Disregarded – pay no attention to; ignore.
Disrespectful – showing a lack of respect or courtesy; impolite.
Dissatisfied – not content or happy with something.
Dissident – a person who opposes the official policy, especially that of an authoritarian state.
Distasteful – causing dislike or aversion; disagreeable or unpleasant.
Distressed – suffering from extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.
Disturbance – the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition.
Dogmatic – inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true.
Doubtful – feeling uncertain about something.
Dreadful – causing or involving great suffering, fear, or unhappiness; extremely bad or serious.
Dropout – a person who has abandoned a course of study or who has rejected conventional society to pursue an alternative lifestyle.
Dubious – hesitating or doubting.
Are there any negative words beginning with the letter D you think should be on this list? Drop me a comment, I’m always open to adding more words – thanks!
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.
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