Most of us encounter derogatory, the adjective meaning "expressing a low opinion," more frequently than we do derogate, its less common verb relation, but the verb is older; it first appeared in English in the 15th century, while derogatory wasn't adopted until the early 16th. 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," rogāre. Other derogate relatives include derogative, derogation, and derogatorily.
Examples of derogate in a Sentence
The title of the book derogates the people it is about.
Her parents are constantly derogating her achievements.
Recent Examples on the WebThe key issue is who has the final authority to determine whether the play derogates the spirit or alters the characters.
Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, 28 Mar. 2018
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