derogate

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

Definition of derogate

derogated; derogating
: to cause to seem inferior : disparage
  • derogating another's achievements
1 : to take away a part so as to impair : detract
  • … a few instances of inaccuracy or mediocrity can never derogate from the superlative merit of Homer and Vergil …
  • —Oliver Goldsmith
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

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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.

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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



DEROGATE Defined for English Language Learners

derogate

Definition of derogate for English Language Learners

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



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