Definition of dereliction in English:



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

    ‘every year valuable gardens start the slow slide to dereliction’
    • ‘The business park will help regenerate this area disadvantaged by years of industrial decay and dereliction.’
    • ‘This process also has its downside, such as low wages for supermarket workers, and unemployment and dereliction in some areas.’
    • ‘Litter on our streets, anti-social behaviour, dereliction - we all know what is wrong with our town.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 public think this centre has closed and I can understand why - it's been allowed to fall into a state of dereliction.’
    • ‘Whatever the refurbishment cost the building cannot, must not, become another infamous centre of 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.’
    • ‘There would have been no poll tax, race riots, rail privatisation and less industrial dereliction.’
    • ‘Following a lengthy period of dereliction it has now developed into a most attractive street once again.’
    • ‘There is a real sense of dereliction around the place.’
    • ‘At first he was turned down - the Commission said no-one would want to come to such a scene of industrial dereliction.’
    • ‘Everyone in the village contributed what they could to save their church from 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.’
    • ‘Ten years later when the scientists moved on, the wooden building was left empty, gradually falling into dereliction.’
    • ‘When it closed the canal was seen as a dirty, decaying relic of an industrial past, and it sank into decay and dereliction.’
    • ‘However, the figures are still dwarfed by the huge scale of the problem of urban dereliction and blight in the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    dilapidation, disrepair, decrepitude, deterioration, ruin, rack and ruin
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    1. 1.1usually dereliction of duty The shameful failure to fulfill one's obligations.
      • ‘He did not, however, specify the charges, which include maltreating detainees and dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘He's charged with maltreating detainees, conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty and indecency.’
      • ‘Couldn't you be accused of 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But nobody could accuse her of dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were subsequently charged with dereliction of duty, assault and other offenses.’
      • ‘They've dropped the cowardice charges but he's going to be charged with dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the procurator also launched another investigation into local police and other staff at the asylum for suspected dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘No policeman was punished for this gross dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘Investigators concluded that 18 soldiers committed war crimes ranging from murder and assault to dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘However, at a meeting yesterday, the board concluded that none of the authority's staff or management was guilty of dereliction of duty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And the charges he faces right now include assault, maltreatment, indecent acts, dereliction of duty, and conspiracy.’
      negligence, neglect, neglectfulness, delinquency, failure, non-performance
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Late 16th century: from Latin derelictio(n-), from the verb derelinquere (see derelict).