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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate(verb)

    cause to seem less serious; play down

    "Don't belittle his influence"


  1. derogate(Verb)

    To partially repeal (a law etc.).

  2. derogate(Verb)

    To detract from (something); to disparage, belittle.

  3. derogate(Verb)

    To take away (something from something else) in a way which leaves it lessened.

  4. derogate(Verb)

    To remove a part, to detract from (a quality of excellence, authority etc.).

  5. derogate(Verb)

    To act in a manner below oneself; to debase oneself.

  6. derogate(Adjective)


  7. Origin: From (the participle stem of) derogare, from de- + rogare. Compare abrogate, interrogate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derogate(verb)

    to annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit the action of; -- said of a law

  2. Derogate(verb)

    to lessen; to detract from; to disparage; to depreciate; -- said of a person or thing

  3. Derogate(verb)

    to take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with from

  4. Derogate(verb)

    to act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to degenerate

  5. Derogate(noun)

    diminished in value; dishonored; degraded

  6. Origin: [L. derogatus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derogate

    der′o-gāt, v.i. to lessen by taking away: to detract.—adj. (Shak.) degenerate.—adv. Der′ogātely (Shak.), in a derogatory manner.—n. Derogā′tion, a taking from: detraction: depreciation.—adv. Derog′atorily.—n. Derog′atoriness.—adj. Derog′atory, detracting: injurious. [L. derogāre, -ātum, to repeal part of a law—de, down from, and rogāre, to propose a law.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of derogate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of derogate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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