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derogate

1. verb
a) To take away or detract from.

His recent outburst will surely derogate from his reputation some.

b) To act in a manner below oneself; to go astray.

The children derogated the new girl to the point of tears.

debased

, 1605, Dry up in her the organs of increase, / And from her derogate body never spring / A babe to honour her. — William Shakespeare, King Lear I.iv


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  • Derogate — Der o*gate, v. i. 1. To take away; to detract; to withdraw; usually with from. [1913 Webster] If we did derogate from them whom their industry hath made great. Hooker. [1913 Webster] It derogates little from his fortitude, while it adds… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Derogate — Der o*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Derogated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Derogating}.] [L. derogatus, p. p. of derogare to derogate; de + rogare to ask, to ask the people about a law. See {Rogation}.] 1. To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • derogate — ► VERB formal 1) (derogate from) detract from. 2) (derogate from) deviate from. 3) disparage. DERIVATIVES derogation noun. ORIGIN Latin derogare abrogate …   English terms dictionary

  • Derogate — Der o*gate, n. [L. derogatus, p. p.] Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • derogate — I verb abase, asperse, be derogatory, belittle, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, blot, brand, bring down, bring into discredit, bring low, bring shame upon, calumniate, cast a slur upon, cast aspersions, debase, decry, defame, demean, demote,… …   Law dictionary

  • derogate — early 15c., from L. derogatus, pp. of derogare diminish (see DEROGATORY (Cf. derogatory)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • derogate — disparage, detract, belittle, minimize, depreciate, *decry Analogous words: reduce, lessen, *decrease, diminish Contrasted words: enhance, heighten, *intensify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • derogate — [der′ə gāt΄] vt. derogated, derogating [ME derogaten < L derogatus, pp. of derogare, to repeal part of (a law), detract from < de , from + rogare, to ask: see ROGATION] 1. Archaic to take (a part or quality) away from something so as to… …   English World dictionary

  • derogate — UK [ˈderəɡeɪt] / US [ˈderəˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms derogate : present tense I/you/we/they derogate he/she/it derogates present participle derogating past tense derogated past participle derogated formal 1) to say unpleasant things… …   English dictionary

  • derogate — /ˈdɛrəgeɪt/ (say deruhgayt) Rare –verb (t) (derogated, derogating) 1. to belittle or disparage. –phrase 2. derogate from, a. to detract from, as from authority, estimation, etc.: to fail will derogate from one s work as leader. b. to degenerate… …   Australian English dictionary

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