Definition of dereliction in English:

dereliction

noun

  • 1The state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated:

    ‘a 15th-century farmhouse has been saved from dereliction’
    • ‘Following a lengthy period of dereliction it has now developed into a most attractive street once again.’
    • ‘The public think this centre has closed and I can understand why - it's been allowed to fall into a state of dereliction.’
    • ‘There would have been no poll tax, race riots, rail privatisation and less industrial dereliction.’
    • ‘Litter on our streets, anti-social behaviour, dereliction - we all know what is wrong with our town.’
    • ‘The press release announcing the new scheme stated that its purpose was to combat dereliction in these urban areas and to relieve the pressure on housing supply.’
    • ‘The business park will help regenerate this area disadvantaged by years of industrial decay and dereliction.’
    • ‘However, the figures are still dwarfed by the huge scale of the problem of urban dereliction and blight in the area.’
    • ‘At first he was turned down - the Commission said no-one would want to come to such a scene of industrial dereliction.’
    • ‘The scheme will help to address the increasing problems of dereliction and neglect in many rural towns because of rising levels of migration away from rural town areas.’
    • ‘Around 140 luxury homes are being built around the course as part of a deal to save one of Ireland's great stately homes from dereliction.’
    • ‘The scheme was designed to enhance the core areas of smaller towns and villages by eliminating dereliction but flaws in the scheme have resulted in nothing happening.’
    • ‘But conservative estimates suggested the new owners would have to spend at least the same amount again on the property to save it from dereliction.’
    • ‘Why do we need more retail developments when there are so many properties in the town centre which are empty and have been allowed to fall into a state of neglect and dereliction?’
    • ‘When it closed the canal was seen as a dirty, decaying relic of an industrial past, and it sank into decay and dereliction.’
    • ‘Ten years later when the scientists moved on, the wooden building was left empty, gradually falling into dereliction.’
    • ‘This means that an annual levy amounting to three per cent of the valuation of the properties will be imposed on the owners until the site is removed from dereliction.’
    • ‘Everyone in the village contributed what they could to save their church from dereliction.’
    • ‘There is a real sense of dereliction around the place.’
    • ‘This process also has its downside, such as low wages for supermarket workers, and unemployment and dereliction in some areas.’
    • ‘Whatever the refurbishment cost the building cannot, must not, become another infamous centre of dereliction.’
    dilapidation, disrepair, decrepitude, deterioration, ruin, rack and ruin
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  • 2dereliction of dutyThe shameful failure to fulfil one's obligations:

    ‘the prosecution team were guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to disclose evidence’
    [count noun] ‘a gross dereliction of duty by the Secretary of State’
    • ‘Her husband faces possible court martial for dereliction of duty, cruelty and maltreatment and conspiracy.’
    • ‘She was found guilty of dereliction of duty and accused of concealing a past shoplifting arrest, the army added.’
    • ‘Sixteen police officers were reprimanded for dereliction of duty and the Interior Ministry criticised the police for failing to catch the suspects after the first crime.’
    • ‘However, at a meeting yesterday, the board concluded that none of the authority's staff or management was guilty of dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘No policeman was punished for this gross dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the procurator also launched another investigation into local police and other staff at the asylum for suspected dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘They've dropped the cowardice charges but he's going to be charged with dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘He did not, however, specify the charges, which include maltreating detainees and dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘It would be the gravest dereliction of duty to wait until we have suffered a terrorist outrage and then respond after the event.’
    • ‘However, he wasn't speaking to her because of this dereliction of duty; he was asked to talk to her because of something far more macabre.’
    • ‘Couldn't you be accused of dereliction of duty?’
    • ‘But nobody could accuse her of dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘Investigators concluded that 18 soldiers committed war crimes ranging from murder and assault to dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘He's charged with maltreating detainees, conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty and indecency.’
    • ‘And the charges he faces right now include assault, maltreatment, indecent acts, dereliction of duty, and conspiracy.’
    • ‘They were subsequently charged with dereliction of duty, assault and other offenses.’
    • ‘For some reason no one wanted to hire a pilot who had been found guilty of gross negligence and dereliction of duty following the destruction of his ship.’
    • ‘After the tragedy, two officials from the centre were accused of dereliction of duty and they each received prison sentences of six and a half years.’
    • ‘Ministers resigned even if caught in an unbecoming controversy suggesting dereliction of duty, attracting public accountability even if without fault.’
    • ‘The charges include conspiracy, dereliction of duty, cruelty, maltreatment, assault and indecent acts with another.’
    negligence, neglect, neglectfulness, delinquency, failure, non-performance
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin derelictio(n-), from the verb derelinquere (see derelict).

Pronunciation:

dereliction

/dɛrəˈlɪkʃ(ə)n/