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derogate

[verb der-uh-geyt; adjective der-uh-git, -geyt]
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verb (used without object), der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing.
  1. to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually followed by from).
  2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually followed by from).
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verb (used with object), der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing.
  1. to disparage or belittle.
  2. Archaic. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.
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adjective
  1. Archaic. debased.
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Origin of derogate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dērogātus repealed, restricted (past participle of dērogāre), equivalent to dē- de- + rog(āre) to ask + -ātus -ate1
Related formsder·o·ga·tion, nounnon·der·o·ga·tion, nounun·der·o·gat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedabdicate abrogate arrogate derogate

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1. See decry.
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derogate

verb (ˈdɛrəˌɡeɪt)
  1. (intr foll by from) to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
  2. (intr foll by from) to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
  3. (tr) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
  4. (tr) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)
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adjective (ˈdɛrəɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)
  1. archaic debased or degraded
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Derived Formsderogately, adverbderogation, nounderogative (dɪˈrɒɡətɪv), adjectivederogatively, 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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