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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.]
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|Noun||1.||derogation - a communication that belittles somebody or something|
effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, unmanliness, womanishness, softness - the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man); "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy"; "Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness"; "he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"
cold water - disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation; "she poured cold water on the whole idea of going to Africa"
aspersion, slur - a disparaging remark; "in the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"; "it is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on his virility"
sour grapes - disparagement of something that is unattainable
condescension, disdain, patronage - a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
boy - (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man; "get out of my way, boy"
jigaboo, nigga, nigger, nigra, coon, spade - (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigga"
Tom, Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
Oriental, oriental person - a member of an Oriental race; the term is regarded as offensive by Asians (especially by Asian Americans)
yellow man - offensive term for an Asian man
yellow woman - offensive term for an Asian woman
slant-eye, gook - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
papist - an offensive term for Roman Catholics; originally, a Roman Catholic who was a strong advocate of the papacy
fag, faggot, fagot, poof, poove, pouf, nance, queer, fairy, pansy, queen - offensive term for an openly homosexual man
half-caste - an offensive term for the offspring of parents of different races or cultures
half-breed - an offensive term for an offspring of parents of different races (especially of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry)
Indian giver - an offensive term for someone who asks you to return a present he has given you
mammy - an offensive term for a Black nursemaid in the southern U.S.
Moonie - an often derogatory term for a member of the Unification Church
|2.||derogation - (law) the partial taking away of the effectiveness of a law; a partial repeal or abolition of a law; "any derogation of the common law is to be strictly construed"|