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1derelict

adjective der·e·lict \ˈder-ə-ˌlikt, ˈde-rə-\

: no longer cared for or used by anyone

: failing to do what should be done

Full Definition of DERELICT

1
:  abandoned especially by the owner or occupant; also :  run-down
2
:  lacking a sense of duty :  negligent
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Examples of DERELICT

  1. The officer was charged with being derelict in his duty.
  2. <the guards were judged derelict in their duty>

Origin of DERELICT

Latin derelictus, past participle of derelinquere to abandon, from de- + relinquere to leave — more at relinquish
First Known Use: 1649

2derelict

noun

: a person who has no money, job, home, etc.

Full Definition of DERELICT

1
a :  something voluntarily abandoned; especially :  a ship abandoned on the high seas
b :  a tract of land left dry by receding water
2
:  a destitute homeless social misfit :  vagrant, bum

Examples of DERELICT

  1. It was a run-down neighborhood filled with drugs addicts and derelicts.
  2. <a section of the city that seemed to be frequented mostly by derelicts>

First Known Use of DERELICT

1670
DERELICT Defined for Kids

1derelict

adjective der·e·lict \ˈder-ə-ˌlikt\

Definition of DERELICT for Kids

1
:  abandoned by the owner or occupant
2
:  in poor condition :  run-down <a derelict old building>
3
:  failing to do what should be done <They were derelict in their duties.>

2derelict

noun

Definition of DERELICT for Kids

1
:  something abandoned (as a boat)
2
:  1bum 1, vagrant

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