follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

derelict

[der-uh-likt] /ˈdɛr ə lɪkt/
adjective
1.
left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned:
a derelict ship.
2.
neglectful of duty; delinquent; negligent.
noun
3.
a person abandoned by society, especially a person without a permanent home and means of support; vagrant; bum.
4.
Nautical. a vessel abandoned in open water by its crew without any hope or intention of returning.
5.
personal property abandoned or thrown away by the owner.
6.
one guilty of neglect of duty.
7.
Law. land left dry by a change of the water line.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin dērelictus forsaken (past participle of dērelinquere), equivalent to dē- de- + relictus past participle of relinquere to leave, abandon; see relinquish
Related forms
derelictly, adverb
derelictness, noun
nonderelict, adjective, noun
Synonyms
2. remiss, careless, heedless.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for de relict

derelict

/ˈdɛrɪlɪkt/
adjective
1.
deserted or abandoned, as by an owner, occupant, etc
2.
falling into ruins; neglected; dilapidated
3.
neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss
noun
4.
a person abandoned or neglected by society; a social outcast or vagrant
5.
property deserted or abandoned by an owner, occupant, etc
6.
a vessel abandoned at sea
7.
a person who is neglectful of duty or obligation
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dērelictus forsaken, from dērelinquere to abandon, from de- + relinquere to leave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for de relict

derelict

adj.

1640s, from Latin derelictus "solitary, deserted," past participle of dereliquere "to abandon, forsake, desert," from de- "entirely" + relinquere "leave behind" (see relinquish). Originally especially of vessels abandoned at sea or stranded on shore. As a noun, from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for derelict

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for de

3
3
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for de relict