The Secretary of State declared that further aggressive action by a certain foreign power would cause the government to abrogate the treaty it had made with that country.
Mr. Jackson and the Board of Directors at the museum decided to abrogate entrance fees for senior citizens.2. To repeal, to eliminate, or to get rid of something formally and publicly; especially, a law: The king decided to abrogate the old law regarding poaching during the summer holidays.
The new law abrogated the old law about paying parking fines.
They will be abrogating the decision to increase student grants after the next election.3. Etymology: from Latin ab-, "away" + rogare, "to ask, to propose".
Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
for a list of additional Mickey Bach illustrations.
2. Not doing that which is required of a person or a group of people: The banking officials were accused of trying to abrogate their duties.
Some U.S. Presidents have decided to arrogate the power of congress to declare war.2. To assign or to attribute to another person without justification: Neil accused the woman next door of wanting to arrogate to herself the power to punish people.
2. To say or to suggest that someone, or something, is not worthy of respect or is not important: There were times when the man's wife would derogate him for not achieving better pay from his company.
A delegate is someone who is sent with authority to represent another or others; to delegate work or authority is to transfer or to send it to another person.
2. Easily damaged, spoiled, fragile, frail, perishable; dainty: The plate was so delicate that Sarah was afraid to wash it for fear of breaking it.
3. Frail, feeble, debilitated, weakened; infirm, unwell, sickly, ailing: Marie and Jamie were concerned about their little girl's delicate condition.
4. Palatable, savory, delicious, appetizing, luscious: Debra, the hostess, presented a tray of delicate food to her guests.
5. Soft, muted, subdued: Ted and Cheryl had the walls of their apartment painted with a delicate blue color.
6. Exquisite, minute, detailed: Clyde and Donna admired the delicate workmanship on the bronze doors.
7. Tactful, tasteful, diplomatic, careful, sensitive, refined: Jessie Brown, the public relations manager, handled the situation in a delicate manner.
The female senator decided to leave her senatorial seat after she abrogated a decision that would arrogate her right to become a delegate of a congressional committee when a political opponent felt the need to derogate her because of her delicate physical condition.