Definition of derogate in English:

derogate

verb

formal
  • 1[no 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing in this Statement of Admissions is intended to derogate from the generality of that denial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, I do not find that her decision to pay down her mortgage by $12,000, derogates from her position in this case.’
    detract from, devalue, diminish
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  • 2[no object] Deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behaviour)

    ‘one country has derogated from the Rome Convention’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, your Honour, as I said, it is possible to envisage rules of court that would derogate from section 34.’
    deviate, diverge, depart, take away, digress, veer, swerve, drift, stray
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  • 3[with object] Disparage (someone or something)

    ‘it is typical of him to derogate the powers of reason’
    • ‘Unhappy students derogated the colleges they were admitted to but chose not to attend; happy students didn't change their ratings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, like people high in authoritarianism, those high in social dominance seek to derogate members of out-groups.’
    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/