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Derogatioun, Dirogatioun, n. Also: -acioun(e; dyrogacione, dir(r)ogation(e, diragatioun. [ME. derogacion (c 1450), OF. derogation, L. dērogātio.]

1. Detraction from, lowering or lessening of, persons in respect of authority, privilege, prestige, etc. 1474 Reg. Morton II. 223.
[We] annullis … al & sindry charteres … that may mak derogacioun, schaith … or hendryng to the said lord
1491 Acta Conc. 168/2.
The honorable sustentacioune … of his house accordin to his estate and honour, quhilkis may nocht be failȝeit without gret derogacioune of his noble estate
1533 Bell. Livy I. 228/18.
This law … made plane derogatioun to the faderis to creat ony tribunis in tymes cummyng
1549 Compl. 5/25.
As this nobil prelat hes dune diuerse tymes vytht out dirrogatione of his speritual dignite
1557 Ayr Charters 44.
But dirogatioun of the saidis … communites allegit ground … and title
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 65.
Sic as the messe, (quhilk is plane derogatioun To Christis glore and his most blissed passioun)

2. Abrogation, annulment, or reduction of a law, agreement, contract, etc.(a) 1489 Acts II. 219/1.
That full derogacioune, cassacioune, and annullacioune be maid of all giftis [etc.]
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 329/11.
Ciuile and positiue [laws] are bot pendiklis apon Cristis law of grace, and be thai in contrary or derogacoun of it in ony thing, that is no law
1533 Bell. Livy I. 290/4.
Providing all wayis that na derogatioun war made to the law Atiliane
1585 Acts III. 386/2.
That na maner of persoun … pretend to … lawbour for the infringeing, breking, … abrogatioun or derogatioun thairof
(b) 1498 Acta Conc. II. 215.
That the sade Maister Ihone Goldsmyth has brokin our soverane Lordis actis of Parliament, … makand speciale dyrogacione til the alternative grantit … thareapone
1531 Bell. Boece I. 95.
Nouthir the lawis, nor the consuetude of Britane, maid dirogation thairto
1578 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 97.
The said generall taxatioun … sal navyis be interpreit as preparatiue, innovatioun or diragatioun of the forme and ordour appointit be the saidis actis of parliament

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