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dereliction

noun

  1. (neglectfulness)  a tendency to be negligent and uncaring
    Synonyms: delinquency, wilful neglect [British/Canadian spelling], willful neglect [American...
  2. (wrongdoing)  willful negligence
    Type of: wrongdoing. Type of: negligence

Etymology summary

"abandonment" (formerly with a wider range than in modern use, for example, of...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

dereliction

deliberate, conscious, or wilful neglect (especially in the phrase dereliction of duty) | the act of abandoning or deserting or the state of being ... (23 of 492 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dereliction

Wikipedia:

Derelict [disambiguation] | dereliction

commonly refers to: Abandonment of property, then referred to as a 'derelict' | Derelict (maritime), property which has been abandoned and deserted at sea by those who were in charge without any hope of recovering it | Dereliction of duty, abandoning ... (39 of 192 words, 11 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

dereliction | abandonment [synonym, sense-specific] | desertion [synonym, sense-specific] | forsaking [synonym, sense-specific] | reclamation [antonym, sense-specific] | defection [similar, sense-specific] | tergiversation [similar, sense-specific] | discard [similar, sense-specific] | dumping [similar, sense-specific] | ...

an intentional abandonment ; the state of being abandoned | a recession of water leaving permanently dry land | intentional or conscious neglect; ... (21 of 106 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dereliction

Oxford Dictionary:

dereliction | dereliction of duty

the state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated | ("dereliction of duty") : the shameful failure to fulfil one's obligations (20 of 83 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dereliction

New World Dictionary:

dereliction

[rare] an abandoning or forsaking | [rare] the state of being abandoned or forsaken | a neglect of, or failure in, duty; a being remiss | [law] the ... (25 of 48 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dereliction

American Heritage Dictionary:

dereliction

Willful neglect, as of duty or principle. | The act of abandoning; abandonment. | A state of abandonment or neglect. | [law] ; A gaining of land by ... (25 of 39 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

dereliction

deliberate or conscious neglect; negligence; delinquency. | the act of abandoning something. | the state of being abandoned. | [law] a leaving dry of ... (21 of 39 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dereliction

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dereliction [uncountable]

the bad condition of something that has not been looked after (11 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dereliction

Cambridge Dictionary:

dereliction [entry 1]

(a) failure to do what you should do (8 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dereliction 1

dereliction [entry 2]

(especially of a building) a state of not being cared for (11 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dereliction 2

Wiktionary:

dereliction | derelictions [plural]

willful neglect of one's duty | the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned (16 of 26 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dereliction

Encarta Dictionary:

dereliction | derelictions [plural]

deliberate neglect of duty or obligations | the act of abandoning a building | a state of abandonment or neglect | land gained because water has ... (23 of 54 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603921​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

dereliction

First use: 1590s

Origin: "abandonment" (formerly with a wider range than in modern use, for example, of the sea withdrawing from the land), from Latin derelictionem ... (23 of 42 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=dereliction

Oxford Dictionary:

dereliction | dereliction of duty

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Latin derelictio(n-), from the verb derelinquere (see "derelict")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dereliction

New World Dictionary:

dereliction

Origin: Latin derelictio: see "derelict"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dereliction

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

dereliction

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dereliction"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dereliction

Macmillan American Dictionary:

dereliction [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dereliction"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/dereliction

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dereliction [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dereliction"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

dereliction [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "dereliction"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "dereliction"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dereliction 2

the Free Dictionary:

dereliction

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dereliction"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dereliction"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "dereliction" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

dereliction

Audio: English pronunciation of "dereliction"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dereliction

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dereliction"

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YourDictionary Audio:

dereliction

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dereliction" by speech synthesizer

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