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dereliction

Line breaks: dere|lic¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɛrəˈlɪkʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of dereliction in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated: a 15th-century farmhouse has been saved from dereliction
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
dilapidation, disrepair, decrepitude, deterioration, ruin, rack and ruin;
abandonment, neglect, disuse, desertion, rejection, forsaking
2 (dereliction of duty) The shameful failure to fulfil one’s obligations: the prosecution team were guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to disclose evidence [count noun]: a gross dereliction of duty by the Secretary of State
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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.
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Origin

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

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