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