Definition of Derogate

1. Verb. Cause to seem less serious; play down. "Don't belittle his influence"

Exact synonyms: Belittle, Denigrate, Minimize
Generic synonyms: Belittle, Disparage, Pick At
Specialized synonyms: Talk Down
Derivative terms: Denigration, Denigration, Denigrative, Derogation, Derogative, Derogatory, Minimization, Minimum



Definition of Derogate

1. v. t. To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit the action of; -- said of a law.

2. v. i. To take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with from.

3. n. Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded.

Definition of Derogate

1. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To partially repeal (a law etc.). (defdate 16th-17th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To detract from (something); to disparage, belittle. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To take away (something (term from) something else) in a way which leaves it lessened. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To remove a part, to detract (term from) (a quality of excellence, authority etc.). (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To act in a manner below oneself; to debase oneself. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Adjective. (archaic) debased ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Derogate

1. to detract [v -GATED, -GATING, -GATES] - See also: detract

Lexicographical Neighbors of Derogate

dermotropic
dermotuberculin reaction
dermovascular
derms
dern
dernful
dernier
dernier cri
dernly
derns
derny
dero
derobement
derobements
derodidymus
derogate (current term)
derogated
derogately
derogates
derogating
derogation
derogations
derogative
derogator
derogatories
derogatorily
derogatoriness
derogators
derogatory
derograte

Literary usage of Derogate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone (1876)
"... as from criminal motives advise or conclude any treaty, which shall afterwards be judged to derogate from the honour and interest of the nation. ..."

2. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"TO derogate, TO LESSEN THE VALUE OF, * TO DISPARAGE. ... blunted with endeavours TO LESSEN THE VALUE OF her kingly virtues, and derogate from her under- ..."

3. The Law of Railways: Embracing the Law of Corporations, Eminent Domain by Isaac Fletcher Redfield (1888)
"... knowing the purpose for which his deed is accepted, cannot derogate from his own grant, applies to the case of a compulsory conveyance, ..."

4. A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language ...by John Walker by John Walker (1810)
"[/V.] last derogate, dêr'ugàte. va be n. to dis- parage, detract [raging detracting manner Derogatory,dè-rug'â-tûr-è. a. that which lessens the value of ..."

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