- 1In a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect: the cities were derelict and dyingMore example sentences
- The derelict condition of the Market House has been criticised by the town council.
- The majority of them were bought either in completely derelict condition, or as a collection of rusty parts.
- A call has been made to officials of the Town Council to take action against the owners of five houses which are in a derelict condition.
- 1.1chiefly North American (Of a person) shamefully negligent in not having done what one should have done: he was derelict in his duty to his countryMore example sentences
- Some held the two local commanders derelict in their duty; others concluded that they were simply guilty of errors of judgment.
- What other cause finds you derelict in your responsibilities to your own people?
- In my view he would be derelict in his duty if he didn't have a contingency plan.
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- 1A person without a home, job, or property: derelicts who could fit all their possessions in a paper bagMore example sentences
- A group of vagabonds and derelicts inhabit a shelter in Moscow, presided over by a fanatical leader who preaches the love of everyone for everyone.
- Following a homeless ‘state of emergency’, the federal government created a $753-million fund to get derelicts across Canada out of the dirt and into an edifice.
- But the majority of menial workers and derelicts are, going by empirical evidence, first or second-generation immigrants with little in the way of hopes or prospects.
- 1.1A piece of property, especially a ship, abandoned by the owner and in poor condition.More example sentences
- We ran into the docking bay and could not believe the decrepit derelict of a ship that he had waiting for us.
- If they can keep the boats from becoming derelicts, it means that much more money in the budget to do dredging and other debris removal.
- Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard has the authority to move derelicts that pose a hazard to navigation, but not to dispose of them.
mid 17th century: from Latin derelictus 'abandoned', past participle of derelinquere, from de- 'completely' + relinquere 'forsake'.