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v. der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing, der·o·gates
1. To take away; detract: an error that will derogate from your reputation.
2. To deviate from a standard or expectation; go astray: a clause allowing signers of the agreement to derogate from its principles during a state of emergency.
To disparage; belittle.
[Middle English derogaten, from Latin dērogāre, dērogāt- : dē-, de- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (foll by: from) to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
2. (foll by: from) to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
3. (tr) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
4. (Law) (tr) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)
archaic debased or degraded
[C15: from Latin dērogāre to repeal some part of a law, modify it, from de- + rogāre to ask, propose a law]
v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing. v.i.
1. to detract, as from authority or estimation (usu. fol. by from).
2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usu. fol. by from).v.t.
3. to disparage or belittle.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin dērogātus <dē- de- + rogāre to ask]
de•rog•a•tive (dɪˈrɒg ə tɪv) adj.
Past participle: derogated
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|Verb||1.||derogate - cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence"|
disparage, belittle, pick at - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
talk down - belittle through talk