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derelict - Dictionary definition and meaning for word derelict

(noun) a person without a home, job, or property
(noun) a ship abandoned on the high seas
Synonyms : abandoned ship

(adj) worn and broken down by hard use
Example Sentence
  • a creaky shack
  • a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape
  • a flea-bitten sofa
  • a run-down neighborhood
  • a woebegone old shack

(adj) forsaken by owner or inhabitants
Synonyms : abandoned , deserted
Example Sentence
  • weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse

(adj) failing in what duty requires
Synonyms : delinquent , neglectful , remiss
Example Sentence
  • derelict (or delinquent) in his duty
  • neglectful of his duties
  • remiss of you not to pay your bills

(adj) in deplorable condition
Example Sentence
  • a street of bedraggled tenements
  • a broken-down fence
  • a ramshackle old pier
  • a tumble-down shack

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for derelict

dairy + licked=> people will tend to abandon/discard a "dairy milk" chocolate that has been licked..
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by deepster89

hey!der...u r negLEGted
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by mon_m

de-relic -> relic. relic and derelict has the same meaning
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by rhasan

derail of train occurs due to negligence of duty
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by digi123

a person who licks the milk from somewhr,he is without home,job.he don't have money to buy milk..
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by sanduja_arun

de+reli+ct: DEplorable and REaLI CriTical condition
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by tenzingocha

If someone finds a RELIC he keeps it with him as it is important.. Similarly if something is not important then we abandon it or may say "DELIC it"
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by siddharth4484

Daily licked by dogs due to poor and abandoned condition
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by nippi86

derelict ->de relation neglected me abandoned
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by sansecretcp

focus on sound DERAIL..train leaving its RAIL or Abandoning
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by tarun05kumar

Dear (dere) + Left (lict)....
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by FBK

convert de into duty and r into n and place a g inside to convert relict into neglect. So duty neglect.
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by fahad18g

derailed train is abandon
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