dip into reach into, put one's hand into, go into.
6. sink, set, go down, drop down, lower, descend; fade, disappear, drop out of sight, duck behind, hide.
7. decrease slightly, lower, fall orfall off, decline, wane, drop ordrop off; descend, go down, sink, gravitate; incline, decline, slope downward, bend orslant down, droop.
8. dabble in, smatter, scratch the surface, engage in slightly; skim, browse, look through, glance at, go or run through.
diploma, n.1. graduation certificate, parchment, Inf.sheepskin, degree, academic title.
2. title, deed; public orofficial document, charter, constitution.
diplomacy, n.1. statesmanship, statecraft, politics; Machiavellianism, intrigue, machination, maneuvering, wirepulling.
2. tact, tactfulness, discretion, prudence, judiciousness, sense, common orgood sense.
diplomat, n.1. ambassador, envoy, emissary, legate, plenipotentiary; consul, attache, chargd d'affaires. 2. negotiator, arbitrator, mediator, intermediary, middleman, go-between; peacemaker, make-peace, pacifier, reconciler, conciliator, appeaser.
diplomatic, adj.1. tactful, discreet, politic, prudent, judicious; sensitive, discerning, perspicacious.
2. ambassadorial, consular, ministerial, plenipotentiary; political, governmental, statesmanlike.
dipper, n.ladle, ladler, scoop, spoon, shovel; bail, bailer, pail, bucket.
dipsomania, n.alcoholism, crapulence, problem or heavy orserious drinking, habitual orchronic drunkenness, chronic oracute alcoholism; intoxication, inebriety, insobriety, drunkenness, intemperance, Inf tipsiness; drinking, tippling, imbibing, heavy drinking, toping, Inf.boozing, Sl.
hitting the bottle orbooze or sauce, Brit. Sl.
dipsomaniac, n.drunk, drunkard, alcoholic, sot, soak, inebriate, tosspot, toper, bibber, barfly; drinker, hard drinker, serious drinker, problem drinker; All Inf.
guzzler, swiller, soaker, sponge, lovepot; All Sl. boozer, boozehound, hooch hound, gin hound, lush, souse, rummy, wino, alchy, dipso, juicer, juicehead, swillbelly, stew, elbow-bender.
dire, adj.1. dreadful, terrible, grievous, grim, baleful, dark; terrifying, frightful, dread, terrific, appalling; alarming, distressing, harrowing, rending; redoubtable, fearsome, formidable, awful; horrible, horrid, horrendous, monstrous, atrocious; hideous, ghastly, eerie, grisly, gruesome, unspeakable; outrageous, shocking, enormous, flagrant; nefarious, heinous, flagitious, villainous; infamous, notorious, odious; wicked, evil, vile, sinful, iniquitous, Archaic. facinorous; maleficent, malefic, malevolent, demonic, diabolic, devilish; abhorrent, revolting, repulsive, repugnant, loathsome, despicable; pernicious, pestilential, noxious, deadly, fell.
2. ominous, direful, sinister, fearful; fateful, portentous, premonitory, augural; inauspicious, unpropi-tious, ill-boding, unfavorable, unpromising, untoward; ill-fated, ill-starred, ill-omened, doomed, accursed, cursed.
3. urgent, desperate, pressing, exigent, compelling, crying, imperative; critical, crucial, vital; earnest, serious, grave, important.
direct, v. 1. administer, engineer, orchestrate, quarterback, Inf.call the plays, run the show, make decisions, dispose, Inf.call the shots; manage, superintend, run, operate, carry out, handle, manipulate; supervise, oversee, preside, counsel, advise; boss, be master over, dominate, domineer, push or shove around, ride herd on, ride roughshod over.