Derogate

Definition of Derogate

Der´o`gate
v. t.1.To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit the action of; - said of a law.
[imp. & p. p. Derogated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Derogating .]
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.
Anything . . . that should derogate, minish, or hurt his glory and his name.
- Sir T. More.
v. i.1.To take away; to detract; to withdraw; - usually with from.
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.
- Burke.
2.To act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to degenerate.
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?
- Hazlitt.
n.1.Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded.

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belittle, denigrate, depreciation, derogation, disparage, disparagement, minimize, pick at, talk down
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