MEANING: verb tr.: To disparage or belittle.
verb intr.: 1. To detract from (authority, value, etc.). 2. To deviate from (a standard, for example).

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin derogare (to repeal), from de- (from) + rogare (to ask, propose a law). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule), which is also the source of regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, surge, abrogate, and queen regnant. Earliest documented use: 1513.

AEROGATE - scandal at Boeing

ZEROGATE - a binary Maxwell's Demon, which selectively excludes ones

DEDOGATE - what happened to my homework