[ verb der-uh-geyt; adjective der-uh-git, -geyt ]
/ verb ˈdɛr əˌgeɪt; adjective ˈdɛr ə gɪt, -ˌgeɪt /

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.


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 Latin dērogātus repealed, restricted (past participle of dērogāre), equivalent to dē- de- + rog(āre) to ask + -ātus -ate1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

der·o·ga·tion, nounnon·der·o·ga·tion, nounun·der·o·gat·ing, adjective

Can be confused

abdicate abrogate arrogate derogate

Synonym study

1. See decry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for derogation


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

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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