- 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
Related Wordsdeprecation, aspersion, ridicule, detraction, denigration, put-down, scorn, disparagement
Examples from the Web for derogation
The pain which is produced by derogation produces effort and self-denial.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
I trust that nothing which I have now said will be taken in derogation of the compromises of 1850.
In all this there shall be no derogation of our power or of the power of our son and our successors.A Source Book for Mediaeval History
Oliver J. Thatcher
And then, apparently in derogation of the last inquiry: "Shut up, you!"The Librarian at Play
Edmund Lester Pearson
During the austerer days of the republic the derogation was unknown.
- (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
Word Origin and History for derogation
mid-15c., from Old French dérogacion (14c.), from Latin derogationem (nominative derogatio), noun of action from past participle stem of derogare (see derogatory).
early 15c., from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "diminish" (see derogatory).