AskDefine | Define dereliction

Dictionary Definition



1 a tendency to be negligent and uncaring; "he inherited his delinquency from his father"; "his derelictions were not really intended as crimes"; "his adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities" [syn: delinquency, willful neglect]
2 willful negligence

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈdɛɹɛ.lɪk.ʃən/|/ˈdɛrɪ.lɪk.ʃən/; /"dErE.lIk.S@n/|/"dErI.lIk.S@n/


  1. willful neglect of one's duty
    The new soldier did not clean his cabin and was scolded for dereliction and disobedience.
    What he did was a terrible dereliction of duty.
  2. the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned

Extensive Definition

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
dereliction in French: déglingue

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