American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reduce in rank or rating; demote.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, to reduce to a lower rating, as a petty officer, or a non-commissioned officer of marines.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reduce to a lower rating or rank; to degrade.
- dis- + rate (Wiktionary)
“I disrate you on account of your unfitness for the post, and you will now return to your former rating, as I have restored your name to the list of the crew.”
“In your cablegram received to-day, you take occasion to remind us that no manager or owner has authority to disrate a ship's officer.”
“Owner can fire captain but only captain can fire or disrate ship's officers.”
“They gave their services for nothing, and the only way in which we could repay them was to select two chief Petty Officers from their number, disrate them, and take them Poleward as ordinary seamen.”
“But I hope you'll take care of the rest of my crew, and not disrate them after I am dead in favour of new followers.”
“As they're not sailors, I mean to disrate them to boys at five dollars a month.”
“Snakes an 'alligators, I'll disrate ye -- I'll send ye forrud;”
“It is obvious, too, that if giving a man a higher rating be a source of encouragement, to disrate him may readily be used as a means of punishment.”
“I appreciate your feeling, my lad," he answered; "but even if he does return I won't disrate you, and I will see how we can best manage to get you an outfit.”
“I'll disrate you, by God, you damned molly mop; is that the way you handle a cat? that's only wiping the dirt off his back.”
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