AskDefine | Define derogate

Dictionary Definition

derogate v : belittle; "Don't belittle his influence" [syn: minimize, belittle, denigrate]

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English

Etymology

From the derogare, from de- + rogare.

Verb

  1. To take away or detract from.
    His recent outburst will surely derogate from his reputation some.
  2. To act in a manner below oneself; to go astray.
  3. To belittle; disparage.
    The children derogated the new girl to the point of tears.

Synonyms

Adjective

  1. debased
    • 1605, Dry up in her the organs of increase, / And from her derogate body never spring / A babe to honour her. — William Shakespeare, King Lear I.iv

Italian

Verb

derogate
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