Derogate Definition

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To take (a part or quality) away from something so as to impair it.
Webster's New World
To take something desirable away; detract (from)
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To lower oneself; lose face.
Webster's New World
To lower in esteem; disparage.
Webster's New World

(archaic) Debased.


Origin of Derogate

  • From (the participle stem of) Latin dērogāre (“to annul, repeal part of a law, take away, detract from”), from de- (“from”) + rogāre (“to propose a law, ask”). Compare abrogate, interrogate.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English derogaten from Latin dērogāre dērogāt- dē- de- rogāre to ask reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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