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derogate

[ verb der-uh-geyt; adjective der-uh-git, -geyt ]
/ verb ˈdɛr əˌgeɪt; adjective ˈdɛr ə gɪt, -ˌgeɪt /
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verb (used without object), der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing.

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), der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing.

to disparage or belittle.
Archaic. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.

adjective

Archaic. debased.

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Origin of derogate

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English from Latin dērogātus “repealed, restricted” (past participle of dērogāre ), equivalent to dē- de- + rog(āre) “to ask” + -ātus -ate1

synonym study for derogate

1. See decry.

OTHER WORDS FROM derogate

der·o·ga·tion [der-uh-gey-shuhn], /ˌdɛr əˈgeɪ ʃən/, nounun·der·o·gat·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH derogate

abrogate, arrogate, derogate
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British Dictionary definitions for derogate

derogate

verb (ˈdɛrəˌɡeɪt)

(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)

adjective (ˈdɛrəɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)

archaic debased or degraded

Derived forms of derogate

derogately, adverbderogation, nounderogative (dɪˈrɒɡətɪv), adjectivederogatively, adverb

Word Origin for derogate

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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