One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reduce (a sailor) to a lower rank.‘he had been disrated for an unsavoury escapade’
downgrade, lower, lower in rank, lower in status, put down, move downView synonyms
- ‘A Midshipman could be disrated at any time by the Captain, and thus served entirely at his pleasure.’
- ‘Those with no stripes, who were already fourth class, were disrated to fifth class, which in itself was a punishment class, and meant that one attended punishment parades during all leisure hours.’
- ‘Hands-on owners like Mistress Pim, and owner-captains, hire everyone, but the captain, whether owner or not, is permitted to rate and disrate crew as needed.’
- ‘I have this day had to disrate William Thompson - Cook & Steward in his capacity as Steward from his slovenly and dirty habits, we have now been 22 days at sea during which time has never once washed out the Cabin or Pantry although I have frequently requested him to do so, but finding all remonstrances in vain.’
- ‘For this last act he was disrated to 2nd class constable and we hear no more of him thereafter.’
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