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derogate

[v. der-uh-geyt; adj. der-uh-git, -geyt] /v. ˈdɛr əˌgeɪt; adj. ˈdɛr ə gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), derogated, derogating.
1.
to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually followed by from).
2.
to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually followed by from).
verb (used with object), derogated, derogating.
3.
to disparage or belittle.
4.
Archaic. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.
adjective
5.
Archaic. debased.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin dērogātus repealed, restricted (past participle of dērogāre), equivalent to dē- de- + rog(āre) to ask + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
derogation, noun
nonderogation, noun
underogating, adjective
Can be confused
abdicate, abrogate, arrogate, derogate.
Synonyms
1. See decry.
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  • Yet, it was not always so, and even today state statutes allow corporations to derogate from the one vote-one share norm.
British Dictionary definitions for derogate

derogate

verb (ˈdɛrəˌɡeɪt)
1.
(intransitive) foll by from. to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
2.
(intransitive) foll by from. to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
3.
(transitive) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
4.
(transitive) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)
adjective (ˈdɛrəɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
5.
(archaic) debased or degraded
Derived Forms
derogately, adverb
derogation, noun
derogative (dɪˈrɒɡətɪv) adjective
derogatively, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dērogāre to repeal some part of a law, modify it, from de- + rogāre to ask, propose a law
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Word Origin and History for derogate
v.

early 15c., from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "diminish" (see derogatory).

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