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  • v  cause to seem less serious; play down

  • Randy Newman in Los Angeles Times
    If you listen to Jelly Roll Morton, his New Orleans English is a beautiful, beautiful thing,Newman said. "The way he speaks is almost an art form. He's got some real four-dollar words in there. To use the word 'derogate' in a song, it's...
  • Allama Iqbal in Voice of America
    It has to be something that whatever is done through constitutional processes would not derogate any of the prior agreements between us and the government,Iqbal said.

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