[verb der-uh-geyt; adjective der-uh-git, -geyt]
- to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually followed by from).
- to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually followed by from).
- to disparage or belittle.
- Archaic. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.
- Archaic. debased.
Origin of derogate
1. See decry.
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Examples from the Web for derogate
But to say they are artificial does not derogate from their genius.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
You cannot derogate from the value of reason without using reason.The Complex Vision
John Cowper Powys
With the leave of Lady Noailles we will derogate from the regulations to-night.The Mesmerist's Victim
Again, what you giue to others, you derogate from your selfe.
A man with such a nature as yours should not derogate so far.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
- (intr foll by from) to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
- (intr foll by from) to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
- (tr) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
- (tr) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)
- archaic debased or degraded
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
early 15c., from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "diminish" (see derogatory).
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