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Definition 1: a ship abandoned on the high seas - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for derelict in the sense of this definition

(derelict is a kind of ...) a vessel that carries passengers or freight

Definition 2: a person without a home, job, or property - [noun denoting person]

(derelict is a kind of ...) a person who is very poor

Definition 3: in deplorable condition - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where derelict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a street of bedraggled tenements
  • a broken-down fence
  • a ramshackle old pier
  • a tumble-down shack

Synonyms for derelict in the sense of this definition

(derelict is similar to ...) harmed or injured or spoiled

"I won't buy damaged goods" "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"

Definition 4: failing in what duty requires - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where derelict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • derelict (or delinquent) in his duty
  • neglectful of his duties
  • remiss of you not to pay your bills

Synonyms for derelict in the sense of this definition

(derelict is similar to ...) characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern

"negligent parents" "negligent of detail" "negligent in his correspondence"

Definition 5: forsaken by owner or inhabitants - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where derelict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse

Synonyms for derelict in the sense of this definition

(derelict is similar to ...) not having inhabitants; not lived in

"an uninhabited island" "gaping doors of uninhabited houses"

Definition 6: worn and broken down by hard use - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where derelict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for derelict in the sense of this definition

(derelict is similar to ...) affected by wear; damaged by long use

"worn threads on the screw" "a worn suit" "the worn pockets on the jacket"

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