Definition of derogate
- derogating another's achievements
- … a few instances of inaccuracy or mediocrity can never derogate from the superlative merit of Homer and Vergil …
- —Oliver Goldsmith
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The title of the book derogates the people it is about.
Her parents are constantly derogating her achievements.
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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.
: to insult (someone or something) : to say or suggest that (something or someone) is not important or worthy of respect
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