Simple Definition of derogate
: to insult (someone or something) : to say or suggest that (something or someone) is not important or worthy of respect
Full Definition of derogate
derogationplay \ˌder-ə-ˈgā-shən, ˌde-rə-\ noun
derogativeplay \di-ˈrä-gə-tiv\ adjective
Examples of derogate in a sentence
The title of the book derogates the people it is about.
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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