28 05 2008

derogate \DER-uh-gayt\

intransitive verb:
1. To deviate from what is expected.
2. To take away; to detract; — usually with ‘from’.

transitive verb:
1. To disparage or belittle; to denigrate.

Derogate comes from the past participle of Latin derogare, “to propose to repeal part of a law, to diminish,” from de-, “away from” + rogare, “to ask, to ask the people about a law.”

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