What does derelict mean?

Definitions for derelict
ˈdɛr ə lɪktderelict

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. derelict(noun)

    a person without a home, job, or property

  2. abandoned ship, derelict(adj)

    a ship abandoned on the high seas

  3. creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone(adj)

    worn and broken down by hard use

    "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack"

  4. abandoned, derelict, deserted(adj)

    forsaken by owner or inhabitants

    "weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse"

  5. derelict, delinquent, neglectful, remiss(adj)

    failing in what duty requires

    "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills"

  6. bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down(adj)

    in deplorable condition

    "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"


  1. derelict(Noun)

    Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.

  2. derelict(Noun)

    An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.

  3. derelict(Noun)

    A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene.

  4. derelict(Adjective)

    Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.

    There was a derelict ship on the island.

  5. derelict(Adjective)

    Negligent in performing a duty.

  6. Origin: derelictus perfect participle of derelinquo from de- + relinquo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derelict(adj)

    given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; as, derelict lands

  2. Derelict(adj)

    lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful

  3. Derelict(noun)

    a thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea

  4. Derelict(noun)

    a tract of land left dry by the sea, and fit for cultivation or use

  5. Origin: [L. derelictus, p. p. of derelinquere to forsake wholly, to abandon; de- + relinquere to leave. See Relinquish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derelict

    der′e-likt, adj. forsaken: abandoned.—n. anything forsaken or abandoned.—n. Derelic′tion, act of forsaking, unfaithfulness or remissness: state of being abandoned: land gained from the water by a change of water-line. [L. derelinquĕre, -lictum,—de, inten., and linquĕre, to leave.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. derelict

    [Lat. derelictus, abandoned]. Anything abandoned at sea. A ship is derelict either by consent or by compulsion, stress of weather, &c., and yet, to save the owner's rights, if any cat, dog, or other domestic animal be found on board alive, it is not forfeited. The owner may yet recover, on payment of salvage, within a year and a day--otherwise the whole may be awarded. (See salvage.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of derelict in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of derelict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of derelict in a Sentence

  1. Jason Chaffetz:

    Mr. Koskinen should no longer be the IRS commissioner, at best, Commissioner Koskinen was derelict in his duties to preserve agency records. At worst, he and the IRS engaged in an orchestrated plan to hide information from Congress.

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  • напуснат, изоставенBulgarian
  • vrakCzech
  • aufgegeben-ein verlassenes Schiff, verfallenGerman
  • negligente, abandonado, pariaSpanish
  • hylätty, hulttio, hylkiö, välinpitämätön, huolimaton, omaisuus, hylkyFinnish
  • paria, délaissé, abandonné, clochard, négligent, en ruines, épaveFrench
  • faillíoch, faillitheach, faillitheoir, fágtha béal in airde, long thréigthe, díbeartach, tréigthe, éan scoiteIrish
  • trascurato, derelitto, relitto della società, negligente, rifiuto, abbandonato, relittoItalian
  • porzuconyPolish
  • abandonado, negligentePortuguese
  • изгой, покинутый, брошенный, отщепенец, бесхозный, отверженныйRussian

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