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derelict

n. something or someone who is abandoned, such as a ship left to drift at sea or a homeless person ignored by family and society.

(See: abandon, dereliction)

derelict

(Abandoned), adjective adrift, avoided, cast aside, cast off, castaway, deserted, desolate, discarded, dispensed with, excluded, forgotten, forlorn, friendless, given up, helpless, homeless, ignored, isolated, jettisoned, left, lonely, lonesome, neglected, on the fringe of society, outcast, rejected, relinquished, scorned, scrapped, set adrift, shunned, solitary, thrown overboard, uncared for, unclaimed, unfortunate, unowned, unpossessed, unwanted, wretched, written off
Associated concepts: derelict property

derelict

(Negligent), adjective careless, delinquent, disregardful, dutiless, failing in duty, faithless, faulty, improvident, inattentive, inconsiderate, indifferent, lax, neglectful, neglecting, regardless, remiss, slack, uncircumspect, unconcerned, unfaithful, unheedful, uninterested, unmindful, unobservant, unwatchful

derelict

noun displaced person, drifter, exile, ne'er-do-well, outcast, pariah, scamp, tramper, wanderer, wastrel
See also: broken, degenerate, delinquent, discard, disobedient, faithless, lax, negligent, pariah, recreant, remiss

DERELICT, common law. This term is applied in the common law in a different sense from what it bears in the civil law. In the former it is applied to lands left by the sea.
     2. When so left by degrees the derelict land belongs to the owner of the soil adjoining but when the sea retires suddenly, it belongs to the government. 2 Bl. Com. 262 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 239; 1 Sumn. 328, 490 1 Gallis. 138; Bee, R. 62, 178, 260; Ware, R. 332.

References in classic literature ?
The fact that a coastguard was the first on board may save some complications later on, in the Admiralty Court, for coastguards cannot claim the salvage which is the right of the first civilian entering on a derelict.
I shall send, in time for your next issue, further details of the derelict ship which found her way so miraculously into harbour in the storm.
I saw each of them swell up the misty line of the horizon, far, far away beyond the derelict brig, and the next moment, with a slight friendly toss of our boat, it had passed under us and was gone.
I've known a derelict up-end and sift her engines out of herself and flicker round the Lower Lanes for three weeks on her forward tanks only.
For all the duration of the storm she rode, a helpless derelict, upon those storm-tossed waves of wind.
A derelict," was the terse explanation of the officer of the watch.
We ask ourselves if that derelict could ever have held goodly merchandise or served a high emprize, co-operated in some defence, held up the trappings of a throne, or borne away the corpse of a monarchy.
Other men swallowed water, here a mouthful, there a pint, anon, maybe, a quart or so, and returned to the shore like foundering derelicts.
Never had that great gathering place, that incessant, aimless, unprogressive hurry of waste and battered things, been so crowded with strange and melancholy derelicts.
expecting him to say icebergs, or derelicts, or fog, or something of that sort.
Perhaps a century hence the Atlantic may still be dotted with the old drifting derelicts.
He wasn't much like the usual run of derelicts who used to come out to P.