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Meaning of DEROGATE

Pronunciation:  'deru`geyt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  belittle; "Don't belittle his influence"

DEROGATE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: belittle, denigrate, minimize
 See Also: disparage, pick at, talk down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Der"o*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Derogated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Derogating}.] [L. derogatus, p. p. of derogare to
    derogate; de- + rogare to ask, to ask the people about a law.
    See {Rogation}.]
    1. To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit
       the action of; -- said of a law.
             By several contrary customs, . . . many of the civil
             and canon laws are controlled and derogated. --Sir
                                                   M. Hale.
    2. To lessen; to detract from; to disparage; to depreciate;
       -- said of a person or thing. [R.]
             Anything . . . that should derogate, minish, or hurt
             his glory and his name.               --Sir T. More.
  2. \Der"o*gate\, v. i.
    1. To take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with
             If we did derogate from them whom their industry
             hath made great.                      --Hooker.
             It derogates little from his fortitude, while it
             adds infinitely to the honor of his humanity.
    2. To act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to
       degenerate. [R.]
             You are a fool granted; therefore your issues, being
             foolish, do not derogate.             --Shak.
             Would Charles X. derogate from his ancestors? Would
             he be the degenerate scion of that royal line?
  3. \Der"o*gate\, n. [L. derogatus, p. p.]
    Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded. [R.] --Shak.