Definition of derogate
: 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
derogationplay \ˌder-ə-ˈgā-shən, ˌde-rə-\ noun
derogativeplay \di-ˈrä-gə-tiv\ adjective
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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.
DEROGATE Defined for English Language Learners
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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