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derogate

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verb der·o·gate \ˈder-ə-ˌgāt, ˈde-rə-\

Simple Definition of derogate

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of derogate

derogated

derogating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to seem inferior :  disparage

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to take away a part so as to impair :  detract

  5. 2 :  to act beneath one's position or character

derogation

play \ˌder-ə-ˈgā-shən, ˌde-rə-\ noun

derogative

play \di-ˈrä-gə-tiv\ adjective

Examples of derogate in a sentence

  1. The title of the book derogates the people it is about.

  2. Her parents are constantly derogating her achievements.



Did You Know?

You're probably familiar with derogatory, the adjective meaning "expressing a low opinion," but you may not be as well-acquainted with the less common verb, derogate. Both words can be traced back to the Late Latin word derogatus, which is the past participle of the verb derogare, meaning "to detract" or "to annul (a law)." Derogare, in turn, derives from the Latin word for "ask," rogare. Derogate first appeared in English in the 15th century. Derogatory was adopted in the early 16th century, and has become much more popular than the verb. Other derogate relatives include derogative, derogation, and derogatorily.

Origin and Etymology 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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