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Definition of "derogate" [der•o•gate]

  • To take away; detract: an error that will derogate from your reputation. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deviate from a standard or expectation; go astray. (verb-intransitive)
  • To disparage; belittle. See Synonyms at decry. (verb-transitive)

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 "derogate" in a sentence
  • "Learned Hand won that battle in the common law, which meant we have to go to the legislature to derogate from the principle of free copying."
  • "Nothing in this order shall be construed to derogate from the authority of the Secretary of the Army under the said Executive Order No. 10155."
  • "Nothing in this order shall be construed to derogate from the authority of the Secretary of the Army under the said Executive Order No. 9957."