transitive verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
- Archaic to take (a part or quality) away from something so as to impair it
- Rare to lower in esteem; disparage
Origin of derogateMiddle English derogaten from Classical Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare, to repeal part of (a law), detract from from de-, from + rogare, to ask: see rogation
- to take something desirable away; detract (from)
- to lower oneself; lose face
verbder·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing, der·o·gates
- To take away; detract: an error that will derogate from your reputation.
- To deviate from a standard or expectation; go astray: a clause allowing signers of the agreement to derogate from its principles during a state of emergency.
Origin of derogateMiddle English derogaten from Latin dērogāre dērogāt- dē- de- rogāre to ask ; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present derogates, present participle derogating, simple past and past participle derogated)
- To detract from (something); to disparage, belittle. [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To take away (something from something else) in a way which leaves it lessened. [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To remove a part, to detract from (a quality of excellence, authority etc.). [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To act in a manner below oneself; to debase oneself. [from 17th c.]
The verb form is relatively uncommon, but the related adjective derogatory is common.
(comparative more derogate, superlative most derogate)
- (archaic) debased