Definition of derogate in English:

derogate

verb

formal
  • 1derogate fromno object Detract from.

    ‘this does not derogate from his duty to act honestly and faithfully’
    • ‘This is a long standing principle and we will not derogate from it,’ replied an official.’
    • ‘Moreover, I do not find that her decision to pay down her mortgage by $12,000, derogates from her position in this case.’
    • ‘To view s 104 in this way is not to deny the mandatory nature of the duty, nor to derogate from previous authorities - and there is reference to them.’
    • ‘The Naga way of life and cultural and economic bonds among all the Naga peoples can surely be strengthened without derogating from the integrity of any other Indian State.’
    • ‘Nothing in this Statement of Admissions is intended to derogate from the generality of that denial.’
    detract from, devalue, diminish
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  • 2derogate fromno object Deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behaviour)

    ‘one country has derogated from the Rome Convention’
    • ‘Well, your Honour, as I said, it is possible to envisage rules of court that would derogate from section 34.’
    • ‘The approach was to apply to the Constitution the presumption, applicable to ordinary statutes, that legislation is not intended to derogate from established common law rights, privileges and immunities.’
    • ‘Any objective standard would inevitably be uncertain, thus derogating from the ‘rule of law’ principles of maximum certainty and fair warning.’
    • ‘‘I believe the Government may have derogated from its obligation to protect children who may not have had parental guidance and in some circumstances that has had a detrimental effect in later life,’ he said.’
    • ‘However, in the case of total or partial non-payment, Member States may derogate from this rule.’
    deviate, diverge, depart, take away, digress, veer, swerve, drift, stray
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  • 3with object Disparage (someone or something)

    ‘it is typical of him to derogate the powers of reason’
    • ‘It blatantly derogates national laws and constitutions while providing extensive powers to global banks and multinational corporations.’
    • ‘Enumerating the right of freedom of speech neither enhanced its previous protection nor derogated the protection afforded other liberties not enumerated.’
    • ‘The authors noted that their respondents did not seem to recognize that they derogated women for behaviors they accepted for themselves, as in this comment.’
    • ‘However, like people high in authoritarianism, those high in social dominance seek to derogate members of out-groups.’
    • ‘Unhappy students derogated the colleges they were admitted to but chose not to attend; happy students didn't change their ratings.’
    disparage, denigrate, belittle, diminish, deprecate, downplay, detract from, deflate, decry, discredit, cast aspersions on, downgrade, slight, run down, criticize, defame, vilify, abuse, insult, attack, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin derogat- ‘abrogated’, from the verb derogare, from de- ‘aside, away’ + rogare ‘ask’.

Pronunciation

derogate

/ˈdɛrəɡeɪt/