[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).
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.
  1. Archaic. debased.

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 Latin dērogātus repealed, restricted (past participle of dērogāre), equivalent to dē- de- + rog(āre) to ask + -ātus -ate1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

Synonym study

1. See decry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for derogate

slander, denigrate, insult, discredit, detract, disparage, humiliate

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British Dictionary definitions for 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)
adjective (ˈdɛrəɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)
  1. archaic debased or degraded
Derived Formsderogately, 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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Word Origin and History for derogate

early 15c., from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "diminish" (see derogatory).

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