from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act which belittles; disparagement.
  • n. The act of derogating; the temporary or partial nullification of a law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of derogating, partly repealing, or lessening in value; disparagement; detraction; depreciation; -- followed by of, from, or to.
  • n. An alteration of, or subtraction from, a contract for a sale of stocks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of impairing effect in whole or in part; limitation as to extent, or restraint as to operation: as, a statute in derogation of the common law must not be enlarged by construction.
  • n. The act of impairing or seeking to impair merit, reputation, or honor; a lessening of value or estimation; detraction; disparagement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a communication that belittles somebody or something
  • n. (law) the partial taking away of the effectiveness of a law; a partial repeal or abolition of a law


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  • He had been in India since all the fighting had ceased in Europe, for his living and fortune depended upon active service, and India meant increased pay and increased opportunities under the liberal sway of the Company, without any derogation from the pretensions of the King's officers who thought more of themselves than the leaders of the Company's troops.

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