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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.
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  • Ten years ago the original village was becoming a ghost town of derelict buildings and deserted dirt roads.
  • She dressed like a derelict.
  • Either way, they are derelict in their duty.
  • The public image of homelessness is a grizzled derelict or a deranged bag lady.
  • The city centre, much of which has lain derelict for a decade or more, is alive with construction activity.
  • They have to ask for the subpoena, or they would be derelict in their duty.
  • Their neighbors know them as the couple who poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a derelict 1899 town house.
  • At one point, a derelict accosted him.
  • The athletes' village was build on derelict land near the waterfront, opening the city to the sea.
  • Many buildings are derelict, abandoned by owners who have fled abroad.
British Dictionary definitions for derelict

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
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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