- deliberate or conscious neglect; negligence; delinquency: dereliction of duty.
- the act of abandoning something.
- the state of being abandoned.
- Law. a leaving dry of land by recession of the water line.
Origin of dereliction
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Examples from the Web for dereliction
This is a dereliction of duty, pure and simple—a firing offense.Border Kids Crisis—Impotent Congress
July 10, 2014
Christie still has time to learn from this dereliction of duty.Why 'Bridgegate' Will Make or Break Chris Christie
January 19, 2014
By rejecting this last attempt to suborn a dereliction of duty, Henry saved my reputation, my honor, my life, really.John McCain’s Surprising Toast at Kissinger’s 90th Birthday Party
The Daily Beast
June 4, 2013
It had suffered a sizeable brain drain, since over a third of its workforce was fired by Chavez for dereliction of duty.Why Hugo Chavez Was Bad for Venezuela
March 7, 2013
Around this time, he was reprimanded, unfairly, on two counts of dereliction of duty.Second ‘Underwear Bomber,’ Kim Philby, and Other Notorious Double Agents
The Daily Beast
May 10, 2012
But the dereliction of hope is not the worst enemy of virtuous woman.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
He had no reason and only a very poor excuse to offer for his dereliction.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
He bitterly reproached his valet for this dereliction of duty.
And though some may censure this as a dereliction of principle, I do not so view it.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. I (of 2)
These were, my children, said he, the days of my dereliction.The Mercy of Allah
- deliberate, conscious, or wilful neglect (esp in the phrase dereliction of duty)
- the act of abandoning or deserting or the state of being abandoned or deserted
- accretion of dry land gained by the gradual receding of the sea or by a river changing its course
- the land thus left
Word Origin and History for dereliction
1590s, "abandonment" (formerly with a wider range than in modern use, e.g. of the sea withdrawing from the land), from Latin derelictionem (nominative derelictio), noun of action from past participle stem of derelinquere (see derelict). Meaning "failure in duty" is from c.1830.