verb (used without object), der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing.

  1. to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually followed by from).
  2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually followed by from).

verb (used with object), der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing.

  1. to disparage or belittle.
  2. Archaic. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.


  1. Archaic. debased.

verb (ˈdɛrəˌɡeɪt)

  1. (intr foll by from) to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
  2. (intr foll by from) to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
  3. (tr) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
  4. (tr) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)

adjective (ˈdɛrəɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)

  1. archaic debased or degraded

mid-15c., from Old French dérogacion (14c.), from Latin derogationem (nominative derogatio), noun of action from past participle stem of derogare (see derogatory).


early 15c., from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare “diminish” (see derogatory).

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