c. 1500, from Late Latin derogatorius, from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "to take away, detract from, diminish," also "repeal partly, restrict, modify," from de- "away" (see de-) + rogare "ask, question, propose" (see rogation).
1. He refused to withdraw derogatory remarks made about his boss.
2. Such conduct will be derogatory to his reputation.
3. He had drawn a derogatory statement from George.
4. His tones implied that Michael was not the man his father was; a bit derogatory.
5. Shvabrin criticized the poem severely and went on to make derogatory remarks about Maria.