• WordNet 3.6
    • v derogate cause to seem less serious; play down "Don't belittle his influence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Derogate Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded.
    • Derogate 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 .""Would Charles X. derogate from his ancestors? Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line?"
    • Derogate To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit the action of; -- said of a law. "By several contrary customs, . . . many of the civil and canon laws are controlled and derogated ."
    • Derogate 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."
    • Derogate To take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with from. "If we did derogate from them whom their industry hath made great.""It derogates little from his fortitude, while it adds infinitely to the honor of his humanity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • derogate To destroy or impair the force and effect of; lessen the extent, authority, etc., of.
    • derogate To detract from; abate; disparage.
    • derogate To take away; retrench; remove (from).
    • derogate To take away a part; detract; make an improper or injurious abatement: with from.
    • derogate To fall away in character or conduct; degenerate.
    • derogate Synonyms Depreciate, Derogate from, etc. See decry.
    • derogate Lessened in extent, estimation, character, etc.; invalidated; degenerate; degraded; damaged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Derogate der′o-gāt to lessen by taking away: to detract
    • adj Derogate (Shak.) degenerate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. derogatus, p. p. of derogare, to derogate; de-, + rogare, to ask, to ask the people about a law. See Rogation


In literature:

It derogates little from his fortitude, while it adds infinitely to the honor of his humanity.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Not that I derogate from the use of history.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
A free man in a free democracy derogates from his rank if he takes a favor for which he does not render an equivalent.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" by William Graham Sumner
You cannot derogate from the value of reason without using reason.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Proud of her slavish submission, she can love me without derogating in the least from her own self-respect.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
Whatever may be said in derogation of the modern dances, they have rejuvenated the old and knocked a lot of nonsense out of the young.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
The number here of heirs shall from the state Of His great birthright nothing derogate.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
That is therefore no derogation.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
Upon his name and memory were heaped derogations, curses and anathemas.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
He judged from our air, that we could not, without derogation, be present at the approaching scene of butchering.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc

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