Definition of dereliction in English:


Syllabification: der·e·lic·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌderəˈlikSHən


  • 1The state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated: every year valuable gardens start the slow slide to dereliction
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    • The business park will help regenerate this area disadvantaged by years of industrial decay and dereliction.
    • At first he was turned down - the Commission said no-one would want to come to such a scene of industrial dereliction.
    • There would have been no poll tax, race riots, rail privatisation and less industrial dereliction.
    dilapidation, disrepair, deterioration, ruin, rack and ruin; abandonment, neglect, disuse
  • 1.1 (usually dereliction of duty) The shameful failure to fulfill one’s obligations.
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    • Investigators concluded that 18 soldiers committed war crimes ranging from murder and assault to dereliction of duty.
    • And the charges he faces right now include assault, maltreatment, indecent acts, dereliction of duty, and conspiracy.
    • Ministers resigned even if caught in an unbecoming controversy suggesting dereliction of duty, attracting public accountability even if without fault.


late 16th century: from Latin derelictio(n-), from the verb derelinquere (see derelict).

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