Definition of derogate
From (the participle stem of) Latin d─"rog─üre (ÔÇťto annul, repeal part of a law, take away, detract fromÔÇŁ), from de- (ÔÇťfromÔÇŁ) + rog─üre (ÔÇťto propose a law, askÔÇŁ).
- (UK) IPA: /╦łd╔Ť╔╣╔Ö╔íe╔¬t/
derogate (third-person singular simple present derogates, present participle derogating, simple past and past participle derogated)
- (obsolete, transitive) To partially repeal (a law etc.). [16th-17th c.]
- (transitive) To detract from (something); to disparage, belittle. [from 16th c.]
- (transitive) To take away (something from something else) in a way which leaves it lessened. [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To remove a part, to detract from (a quality of excellence, authority etc.). [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To act in a manner below oneself; to debase oneself. [from 17th c.]
The verb form is relatively uncommon, but the related adjective derogatory is common.
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