1 deserted or abandoned as by an owner; "a derelict ship"
2 failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills" [syn: delinquent, neglectful, remiss]
1 a person unable to support himself
2 a ship abandoned on the high seas [syn: abandoned ship]
EtymologyLatin derelictus past participle of derelinquere 'forsake, abandon' from de + relinquere 'leave, forsake'.
- Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated,
- There was a derelict ship on the island.
- Negligent in performing a duty.
- Abandoned property; a ship abandoned at sea.
- An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.
- 1911: A rather pathetic figure, the Lady Frances, a beautiful woman, still in fresh middle age, and yet, by a strange chance, the last derelict of what only twenty years ago was a goodly fleet. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax’ (Norton 2005, p.1364)
- A negligent person.
Derelict or dereliction commonly refers to:
But may also refer to:
- Derelict soil, land that has been damaged by industrial or other development activity
- The Derelict, a 1912 short story by William Hope Hodgson
- The Derelicts, a 1970s British R&B band
- Derelict (song), a fictional sea-shanty from the novel Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- A song by Beck on the album Odelay
derelict in French: déglingue
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