Definition of derogate in English:


Syllabification: der·o·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈderəˌgāt


  • 1 [with object] Disparage (someone or something): it is typical of Pirandello to derogate the powers of reason
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    • Enumerating the right of freedom of speech neither enhanced its previous protection nor derogated the protection afforded other liberties not enumerated.
    • It blatantly derogates national laws and constitutions while providing extensive powers to global banks and multinational corporations.
    • The authors noted that their respondents did not seem to recognize that they derogated women for behaviors they accepted for themselves, as in this comment.
    disparage, denigrate, belittle, deprecate, deflate; decry, discredit, cast aspersions on, run down, criticize; defame, vilify, abuse, insult, attack, pour scorn on
    informal drag through the mud, knock, slam, bash, badmouth, dis
  • 2 [no object] (derogate from) Detract from: this does not derogate from his duty to act honestly and faithfully
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    • To view s 104 in this way is not to deny the mandatory nature of the duty, nor to derogate from previous authorities - and there is reference to them.
    • The Naga way of life and cultural and economic bonds among all the Naga peoples can surely be strengthened without derogating from the integrity of any other Indian State.
    • This is a long standing principle and we will not derogate from it,’ replied an official.
    detract from, devalue, diminish, reduce, lessen, depreciate; demean, cheapen
  • 3 [no object] (derogate from) Deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behavior): one country has derogated from the Rome Convention
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    • Any objective standard would inevitably be uncertain, thus derogating from the ‘rule of law’ principles of maximum certainty and fair warning.
    • However, in the case of total or partial non-payment, Member States may derogate from this rule.
    • Well, your Honour, as I said, it is possible to envisage rules of court that would derogate from section 34.
    deviate from, diverge from, depart from, digress from, stray from; differ from, vary from; conflict with, be incompatible with



Pronunciation: /diˈrägətiv/
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  • The expression used to be derogative, especially during ‘cultural revolution’ but nowadays, if you say someone is ‘petty bourgeois’, he will probably take it as a compliment.
  • Jonny replies, ‘I don't see it as derogative - it is of course reductive and simplistic but it sells a serious number of books that otherwise wouldn't be sold.
  • How can you describe him in such derogative terms with no experience of his personality or behaviour?


late Middle English: from Latin derogat- 'abrogated', from the verb derogare, from de- 'aside, away' + rogare 'ask'.

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