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Definition of "derelict" []

  • Deserted by an owner or keeper; abandoned. (adjective)
  • Run-down; dilapidated. (adjective)
  • Neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss. See Synonyms at negligent. (adjective)
  • Abandoned property, especially a ship abandoned at sea. (noun)
  • A homeless or jobless person; a vagrant. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "derelict" in a sentence
  • "Who wants to live in derelict, isolating urban sprawl, anyway?"
  • "Richards shows Brown agonising about how to raise the living standards of the poor – a concern that never animated Tony Blair – by finding stealthy means to fund public services, which, as he reminds us, were close to being in derelict when Labour took power."
  • "Christ I still remember with fear when the dog handler used to get the probationers on night shift to hide for them in derelict bulidings or woodland -"