derogate


der·o·gate

verb \ˈder-ə-ˌgāt, ˈde-rə-\

: to insult (someone or something) : to say or suggest that (something or someone) is not important or worthy of respect

der·o·gat·edder·o·gat·ing

Full Definition of DEROGATE

transitive verb
:  to cause to seem inferior :  disparage
intransitive verb
1
:  to take away a part so as to impair :  detract
2
:  to act beneath one's position or character
der·o·ga·tion \ˌder-ə-ˈgā-shən, ˌde-rə-\ noun
de·ro·ga·tive \di-ˈrä-gə-tiv\ adjective

Examples of DEROGATE

  1. The title of the book derogates the people it is about.
  2. Her parents are constantly derogating her achievements.

Origin of DEROGATE

Middle English, from Late Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare, from Latin, to annul (a law), detract, from de- + rogare to ask, propose (a law) — more at right
First Known Use: 15th century

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