Difference between Abandoned and Derelict

What is the difference between Abandoned and Derelict?

Abandoned as an adjective is forsaken, deserted. while Derelict as an adjective is abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.


Part of speech: verb

Definition: To give up or relinquish control of, to surrender or to give oneself over, or to yield to one's emotions.

Part of speech: adjective

Definition: Forsaken, deserted. Self-abandoned, or given up to vice; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked ; as, an abandoned villain.

Example sentence: After the Berlin Wall came down I visited that city and I will never forget it. The abandoned checkpoints. The sense of excitement about the future. The knowledge that a great continent was coming together. Healing those wounds of our history is the central story of the European Union.


Part of speech: adjective

Definition: Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.Negligent in performing a duty.

Part of speech: noun

Definition: Abandoned property; a ship abandoned at sea.An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.A negligent person.

Example sentence: I have such an extreme attitude about work, where I can just completely be derelict of my responsibilities and then when I am not derelict, I am completely indulged in it. I swing pretty wildly from the two extremes.

We hope you now know whether to use Abandoned or Derelict in your sentence.

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