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derogate

DEROGATE, v.t. [L. To ask, to propose. In ancient Rome, rogo was used in proposing new laws, and derogo, in repealing some section of a law. Hence the sense is to take from or annul a part.]

1. To repeal, annul or destroy the force and effect of some part of a law or established rule; to lessen the extent of a law; distinguished from abrogate.

By several contrary customs, many of the civil and canon laws are controlled and derogated.

2. To lessen the worth of a person or thing; to disparage.

DEROGATE, v.i.

1. To take away; to detract; to lessen by taking away a part; as, say nothing to derogate from the merit or reputation of a brave man.

2. To act beneath ones rank, place or birth.



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DEROGATE, v.t. [L. To ask, to propose. In ancient Rome, rogo was used in proposing new laws, and derogo, in repealing some section of a law. Hence the sense is to take from or annul a part.]

1. To repeal, annul or destroy the force and effect of some part of a law or established rule; to lessen the extent of a law; distinguished from abrogate.

By several contrary customs, many of the civil and canon laws are controlled and derogated.

2. To lessen the worth of a person or thing; to disparage.

DEROGATE, v.i.

1. To take away; to detract; to lessen by taking away a part; as, say nothing to derogate from the merit or reputation of a brave man.

2. To act beneath ones rank, place or birth.

DER'O-GATE, v.i.

  1. To take away; to detract; to lessen by taking away a part; as, say nothing to derogate from the merit or reputation of a brave man. [The word is generally used in this sense.]
  2. To act beneath one's rank, place or birth. [Unusual.] – Shak.

DER'O-GATE, v.t. [L. derogo; de and rogo, to ask, to propose. In ancient Rome, rogo was used in proposing new laws, and derogo, in repealing some section of a law. Hence the sense is to take from or annul a part. Class Rg.]

  1. To repeal, annul or destroy the force and effect of some part of a law or established rule; to lessen the extent of a law; distinguished from abrogate. By several contrary customs, many of the civil and canon laws are controlled and derogated. Hale.
  2. To lessen the worth of a person or thing; to disparage. [In the foregoing senses, the word is now seldom used.]

Der"o*gate
  1. 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. Sir M. Hale.

  2. To take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with from.

    If we did derogate from them whom their industry hath made great. Hooker.

    It derogates little from his fortitude, while it adds infinitely to the honor of his humanity. Burke.

  3. Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded.

    [R.] Shak.
  4. To lessen; to detract from; to disparage; to depreciate; -- said of a person or thing.

    [R.]

    Anything . . . that should derogate, minish, or hurt his glory and his name. Sir T. More.

  5. To act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to degenerate.

    [R.]

    You are a fool granted; therefore your issues, being foolish, do not derogate. Shak.

    Would Charles X. derogate from his ancestors? Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line? Hazlitt.

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Derogate

DEROGATE, verb transitive [Latin To ask, to propose. In ancient Rome, rogo was used in proposing new laws, and derogo, in repealing some section of a law. Hence the sense is to take from or annul a part.]

1. To repeal, annul or destroy the force and effect of some part of a law or established rule; to lessen the extent of a law; distinguished from abrogate.

By several contrary customs, many of the civil and canon laws are controlled and derogated.

2. To lessen the worth of a person or thing; to disparage.

DEROGATE, verb intransitive

1. To take away; to detract; to lessen by taking away a part; as, say nothing to derogate from the merit or reputation of a brave man.

2. To act beneath ones rank, place or birth.

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