- 1 [with object] Disparage (someone or something): it is typical of Pirandello to derogate the powers of reasonMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [no object] (derogate from) Detract from: this does not derogate from his duty to act honestly and faithfullyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 [no object] (derogate from) Deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behavior): one country has derogated from the Rome ConventionMore example sentences
deviate from, diverge from, depart from, digress from, stray from; differ from, vary from; conflict with, be incompatible with
- 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.
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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'.