Origin of dereliction
Examples from the Web for dereliction
This is a dereliction of duty, pure and simple—a firing offense.
Christie still has time to learn from this dereliction of duty.Why 'Bridgegate' Will Make or Break Chris Christie|John Avlon|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
It had suffered a sizeable brain drain, since over a third of its workforce was fired by Chavez for dereliction of duty.
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|DAILY BEAST
His dereliction, if any, might consist in sly tapping of the wine-cellar.Whispering Wires|Henry Leverage
If, at the age of eighteen, he does not exhibit some ability in this respect, the school may justly be charged with dereliction.The Reconstructed School|Francis B. Pearson
If the vanquished party have exceeded in these, it has been amply counterbalanced by dereliction of principle in the victors.The Life of Albert Gallatin|Henry Adams
(p. 063)The commanding officer of "all that is left of them" was severely censured, the other day, for dereliction of duty.
This was not because of a sense of a dereliction in duty, but because he feared the strong man's contempt for inefficiency.The Blazed Trail|Stewart Edward White
- accretion of dry land gained by the gradual receding of the sea or by a river changing its course
- the land thus left
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.