[verb der-uh-geyt; adjective der-uh-git, -geyt]
- 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
1. See decry.
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- (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 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 non-derogation
early 15c., from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "diminish" (see derogatory).
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