- 1 [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.
- 2 [no object] (derogate from) Deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behaviour): one country has derogated from the Rome ConventionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 [with object] Disparage (someone or something): it is typical of him to derogate the powers of reasonMore example sentences
disparage, denigrate, belittle, diminish, deprecate, downplay, detract from, deflate, decry, discredit, cast aspersions on, downgrade, slight, run down, criticize, defame, vilify, abuse, insult, attack, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on• informal bad-mouth, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, throw mud at, drag through the mud, slate, have a go at, hit out at, lay into, tear into, knock, slam, pan, bash, hammer, roast, skewer, bad-mouth, throw brickbats atAustralian/New Zealand • informal bag• archaic contemn
- 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.
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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'.