from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To take away; detract: an error that will derogate from your reputation.
- intransitive v. To deviate from a standard or expectation; go astray.
- transitive v. To disparage; belittle. See Synonyms at decry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. debased
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit the action of; -- said of a law.
- transitive v. To lessen; to detract from; to disparage; to depreciate; -- said of a person or thing.
- intransitive v. To take away; to detract; to withdraw; -- usually with from.
- intransitive v. To act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to degenerate.
- n. Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To destroy or impair the force and effect of; lessen the extent, authority, etc., of.
- To detract from; abate; disparage.
- To take away; retrench; remove (from).
- To take away a part; detract; make an improper or injurious abatement: with from.
- To fall away in character or conduct; degenerate.
- Synonyms Depreciate, Derogate from, etc. See decry.
- Lessened in extent, estimation, character, etc.; invalidated; degenerate; degraded; damaged.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to seem less serious; play down
Middle English derogaten, from Latin dērogāre, dērogāt- : dē-, de- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From (the participle stem of) Latin dērogāre ("to annul, repeal part of a law, take away, detract from"), from de- ("from") + rogāre ("to propose a law, ask"). Compare abrogate, interrogate. (Wiktionary)