Definitions for derogateˈdɛr əˌgeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

der•o•gateˈdɛr əˌgeɪt(v.)-gat•ed, -gat•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to detract, as from authority or estimation (usu. fol. by from).

  2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usu. fol. by from).

  3. (v.t.)to disparage or belittle.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of derogate:

1375–1425; late ME < LL dērogātus <dē-de - +rogāre to ask

de•rog•a•tivedɪˈrɒg ə tɪv(adj.)

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


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