• WordNet 3.6
    • n 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"
    • n derogation a communication that belittles somebody or something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Derogation (Stock Exch) An alteration of, or subtraction from, a contract for a sale of stocks.
    • Derogation The act of derogating, partly repealing, or lessening in value; disparagement; detraction; depreciation; -- followed by of from, or to. "I hope it is no derogation to the Christian religion.""He counted it no derogation of his manhood to be seen to weep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n derogation The act of impairing effect in whole or in part; limitation as to extent, or restraint as to operation: as, a statute in derogation of the common law must not be enlarged by construction.
    • n derogation The act of impairing or seeking to impair merit, reputation, or honor; a lessening of value or estimation; detraction; disparagement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Derogation a taking from: detraction: depreciation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. derogatio,: cf. F. dérogation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. derogāre, -ātum, to repeal part of a law—de, down from, and rogāre, to propose a law.


In literature:

Savages in general, and particularly the Maories, have a notion of dignity from which they never derogate.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
No application of the law is valid if it derogates from the principle.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
He felt it to be a thing unworthy of him, a thing that derogated from his self-respect.
"St. Martin's Summer" by Rafael Sabatini
But what fruits has it produced as yet, other than continued derision and derogation of dignity?
"Narrative of New Netherland" by Various
In doing so she derogated from her dignity and committed herself.
"Barchester Towers" by Anthony Trollope
But by his marriage he might either support or derogate from these honours.
"The Duke's Children" by Anthony Trollope
This I felt I could do without derogating from my dignity; the case was something similar to that of the King of Poland.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Nay, would it not rather seem to derogate from those attributes?
"Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists" by George Berkeley
The matadors themselves on special occasions think it no derogation from their dignity to act as banderilleros.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
For myself I can see why it was so; but I cannot do that without acknowledging in it something which derogated from his greatness.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
To call Herbert Hoover "English" as a cheap form of derogation, is to reveal a surprising paucity of invention in criticism.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
And again, for every station they have an ideal of behaviour, to which the master, under pain of derogation, will do wisely to conform.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A man with such a nature as yours should not derogate so far.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But I did vaguely feel that there would be derogation in becoming what my father would have called a 'tramp.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
And it derogates nothing from the merit of this wise attitude that it was the consequence of a change of interest.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Customs, in derogation of the common law, must be construed strictly.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
No one ever heard me say a word in derogation of the bravery of the Irish brigade.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
Now, after all, a Miss Grainger might, without derogating too far, condescend to know a Fusilier, eh?
"A Rent In A Cloud" by Charles James Lever
In doing so, he does not derogate from his character.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
During the austerer days of the republic the derogation was unknown.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus

In news:

I saw to my utter dismay and disgust in the Dec 6 edition the cartoon by Rob Rogers depicting Pope Benedict XVI in a very derogative and sarcastic way.
Not that this is said in derogation.

In science:

The case of RSDE in random media does not derogate this rule and we are bound to find a framework where the invariant measure is (at least formally) explicitly known.
Stochastic Homogenization of Reflected Diffusion Processes