—adj.der'u-git, -gāt"), [key]
—v., -gat•ed, -gat•ing,
1. to detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually fol. by from).
2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually fol. by from).
1. to disparage or belittle.
2. Archaic.to take away (a part) so as to impair the whole.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.