Definition of derogate in English:

derogate

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛrəɡeɪt
 
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verb

formal
1 [no object] (derogate from) Detract from: this does not derogate from his duty to act honestly and faithfully
More 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.
Synonyms
detract from, devalue, diminish;
reduce, lessen, lower, depreciate, take away from;
demean, cheapen, defame
2 [no object] (derogate from) Deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behaviour): one country has derogated from the Rome Convention
More 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.
Synonyms
deviate, diverge, depart, take away, digress, veer, swerve, drift, stray;
differ, vary;
change;
conflict with, be incompatible with
3 [with object] Disparage (someone or something): it is typical of him to derogate the powers of reason
More 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.
Synonyms
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 at
British informal rubbish, slag off, monster
North American informal pummel, dump on
Australian/New Zealand informal bag
archaic contemn
rare vituperate, asperse, vilipend

Origin

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

Derivatives

derogative

Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɒɡətɪv/
adjective
More 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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