Derogatory clause in a testament(Law), a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter

1. To annul in part; to repeal partly; to restrict; to limit the action of; — said of a law.

By several contrary customs, . . . many of the civil and canon laws are controlled and derogated.
Sir M. Hale.

2. To lessen; to detract from; to disparage; to depreciate; — said of a person or thing. [R.]

Anything . . . that should derogate, minish, or hurt his glory and his name.
Sir T. More.

(Der"o*gate) v. i.

1. To take away; to detract; to withdraw; — usually with from.

If we did derogate from them whom their industry hath made great.

It derogates little from his fortitude, while it adds infinitely to the honor of his humanity.

2. To act beneath one-s rank, place, birth, or character; to degenerate. [R.]

You are a fool granted; therefore your issues, being foolish, do not derogate.

Would Charles X. derogate from his ancestors? Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line?

(Der"o*gate) n. [L. derogatus, p. p.] Diminished in value; dishonored; degraded. [R.] Shak.

(Der"o*gate*ly), adv. In a derogatory manner.

(Der`o*ga"tion) n. [L. derogatio: cf. F. dérogation.]

1. The act of derogating, partly repealing, or lessening in value; disparagement; detraction; depreciation; — followed by of, from, or to.

I hope it is no derogation to the Christian religion.

He counted it no derogation of his manhood to be seen to weep.
F. W. Robertson.

2. (Stock Exch.) An alteration of, or subtraction from, a contract for a sale of stocks.

(De*rog"a*tive) a. Derogatory.De*rog"a*tive*ly, adv. [R.] Sir T. Browne.

(Der"o*ga`tor) n. [L.] A detractor.

(De*rog"a*to*ri*ly) adv. In a derogatory manner; disparagingly. Aubrey.

(De*rog"a*to*ri*ness), n. Quality of being derogatory.

(De*rog"a*to*ry) a. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; — with from, to, or unto.

Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not.

His language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their order.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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