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[v. der-uh-geyt; adj. der-uh-git, -geyt] /v. ˈdɛr əˌgeɪt; adj. ˈdɛr ə gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), derogated, derogating.
to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually followed by from).
to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually followed by from).
verb (used with object), derogated, derogating.
to disparage or belittle.
Archaic. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.
Archaic. debased.
Origin of derogate
late Middle English
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 Latin dērogātus repealed, restricted (past participle of dērogāre), equivalent to dē- de- + rog(āre) to ask + -ātus -ate1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.
1. See decry. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for derogation
  • The wisest princes need not think it any diminution to their greatness, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon counsel.
  • Termination of parental rights is an extreme remedy and in derogation of the natural rights of the parents.
  • Termination of parental rights is an extreme remedy in derogation of the natural rights of the parents.
  • Such an attempt is in derogation of the law and is not allowed.
  • Moreover, the provisions of the consumer protection law are in addition to and not in derogation of other laws.
  • Termination of parental rights is an extreme remedy and is in derogation of the natural rights of the parents.
  • The rule that statutes in derogation of the common law are to be strictly construed shall have no application to this chapter.
British Dictionary definitions for derogation


verb (ˈdɛrəˌɡeɪt)
(intransitive) foll by from. to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
(intransitive) foll by from. to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
(transitive) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
(transitive) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)
adjective (ˈdɛrəɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
(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 derogation

mid-15c., from Old French dérogacion (14c.), from Latin derogationem (nominative derogatio), noun of action from past participle stem of derogare (see derogatory).



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

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