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derogate Syllabification: der·o·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈderəˌɡāt/

Definition of derogate in English:


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.
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


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



Pronunciation: /diˈräɡətiv/
Example sentences
  • 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?

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