What does derogate mean?

Definitions for derogateˈdɛr əˌgeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word derogate.

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

Images & Illustrations of derogate

  1. derogatederogatederogate

Translations for derogate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for derogate »


Find a translation for the derogate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these derogate definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"derogate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 21 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/derogate>.

Are we missing a good definition for derogate? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for derogate:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.