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Meaning of derogate

der•o•gate

Pronunciation: (v.der'u-gāt"adj.der'u-git, -gāt"), [key]
— v., adj. -gat•ed, -gat•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually fol. by from).
  2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually fol. by from).
—v.t.
  1. to disparage or belittle.
  2. to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.
—adj.
  1. debased.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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