theoretical, hypothetical, ideologic, ideological, speculative, visionary.
-n. 3. impractical theorist, non-realist, ideologist, ideologue; pundit, authoritarian, Inf. know-it-all, dogmatist, dogmatizer, bigot, zealot, fantic.
doctrine, n. 1. theory, opinion, belief, conviction; principle, precept, maxim, dictum, axiom; tenet, dogma, teaching, doxy; postulate, proposition, thesis.
2. creed, credo, canons, articles of faith, body of teachings, gospel; The Word.
document, n. official paper, certificate, instrument, charter, record, chronicle; legal paper, Law. testament, Law. deed, Law. writ; credential, voucher, diploma.
dodder, v. shake, shiver, tremble, teeter, totter; shamble, stagger, shuffle, sway; twitch, quiver, quaver, quake; bob, reel, falter, flounder; vacillate, dither, oscillate, fluctuate, hesitate, waver,
doddering, adj. 1. senile, aged, decrepit, (of women) anile, superannuated; feeble, Inf. dotty, infirm, shaky, unsteady, shivering, trembling, teetering, tottering; shambling, staggering, shuffling, swaying; twitching, quivering, quavering, quaking; bobbing, reeling, faltering, floundering; vacilliating, osculating, fluctuating, hesitating, wavering.
2. weak-minded, foolish-minded, foolish, silly, ineffectual; in one's dotage, in one's second childhood,
dodge, v. 1. shift, move or dart aside, jump away, parry; duck, bob, bob and weave, veer, swerve, jib; whiffle, sidestep; shy, recoil, draw back.
2. avoid, elude, evade, give [s.o.] the slip; hide from, stow away, escape, skulk; bolt, run away, decamp, abscond, elope, take off, scram; shun, stay clear, make oneself scarce, sneak off, sneak out the back way; stay out, play truant, shuffle off to Buffalo, malinger, call in sick.
3. prevaricate, quibble, equivocate, SI. waffle, fudge; hedge, qualify; doubletalk, palter, backtrack, back-pedal, sidetrack; tergiversate, vacillate, shillyshally.
4. sidestep, dart, swerve, swerving; elusion, evasion, avoidance, escape.
5. Informal, trick, ruse, wile, ploy, feint; stratagem, scheme, contrivance, maneuver, artifice, subterfuge, machination, expedient, shift; ingenuity, adroitness, slyness, cunning, sharp practice; chicane, deception, prevarication, equivocation, double talk, sophistry,
dodger, n. shifty one, slippery one, trickster, evader, deserter, runaway, Archaic, runagate, AWOL; malingerer, truant, shirker, slacker, renegade, goldbrick, SI. goof-off; chiseler, sharpie, sly boots, SI. cutie, one who plays fast and loose,
doer, n. executer, accomplisher, effector, performer, worker; enterpriser, entrepreneur, U.S. Inf. go-getter; SI. operator, SI. wheeler-dealer,
doff, v. 1. (all of clothing) take off, remove, shed, throw off, toss off, cast off or away, get rid of; disarray, disrobe, undress, strip, bare, denude, nakedize.
2. (all of a hat) tip, raise, lift, take off, remove.
dog, n. 1. canine, hound, SI. pooch, Fr. chien; female dog, bitch; cur, tyke, mongrel, SI. mutt; doggy, pup, puppy, whelp.
2. dingo, wild dog, wolf, fox, jackal, coyote, hyena.
3. Slang, scoundrel, knave, rogue, wretch, scamp,
scapegrace, rascal, rapscallion, miscreant, villain.
4. Informal, fellow, man, boy, Inf. guy, SI. dude, Fr. type.
5. Slang. Inf lemon, Inf dud, piece or hunk of junk.
6. go to the dogs Informal, deteriorate, degenerate, go to ruin, go to pot, go to hell in a handbasket, fall apart.