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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [der-uh-lik-shuh n]
    • /ˌdɛr əˈlɪk ʃən/
    • /ˌder.əˈlɪk.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [der-uh-lik-shuh n]
    • /ˌdɛr əˈlɪk ʃən/

Definitions of dereliction word

  • uncountable noun dereliction If a building or a piece of land is in a state of dereliction, it is deserted or abandoned. 3
  • noun dereliction deliberate, conscious, or wilful neglect (esp in the phrase dereliction of duty) 3
  • noun dereliction the act of abandoning or deserting or the state of being abandoned or deserted 3
  • noun dereliction accretion of dry land gained by the gradual receding of the sea or by a river changing its course 3
  • noun dereliction the land thus left 3
  • noun dereliction an abandoning or forsaking 3

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Origin of dereliction

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Latin dērelictiōn- (stem of dērelictiō) an abandoning, equivalent to dērelict(us) (see derelict) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Dereliction


dereliction popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for dereliction

noun dereliction

  • desolation — Desolation is a feeling of great unhappiness and hopelessness.
  • desertion — the act of deserting or abandoning or the state of being deserted or abandoned
  • relinquishment — to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
  • abandonment — The abandonment of a place, thing, or person is the act of leaving it permanently or for a long time, especially when you should not do so.
  • negligence — the quality, fact, or result of being negligent; neglect: negligence in discharging one's responsibilities.

Antonyms for dereliction

noun dereliction

  • regard — to look upon or think of with a particular feeling: to regard a person with favor.

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