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as in:  derelict in her duty

They are derelict in not addressing this problem sooner.
  failing to fulfill one’s responsibilities — especially through lack of effort
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  • They are derelict in not addressing this problem sooner.
  • I noted in my log that George and Uncle Albert arrived back at the den together, obviously exhausted, at iz :17 P.M. About 2:00 P.M. Ootek woke up and made amends for his dereliction of duty by brewing me a pot of tea.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I’m afraid that soon after my meeting with Larry, I was guilty of a grave dereliction.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I hadn’t the heart to tell her that the waywardness of my light brown curls was strictly the fault of nature, and not due to any dereliction on the part of the permanent-wave manufacturers.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • He was always poring through his torn-up pocket dictionary (his name scrawled in Cyrillic on the front, with the English carefully lettered beneath: BORYS VOLODYMYROVYCH PAVLIKOVSKY) and I was always finding old 7-Eleven napkins and bits of scratch paper with lists of words and terms he’d made: bridle and domesticate
    wise guy = Kpymoiinauatt
    Dereliction of duty.
    When his dictionary failed him, he consulted me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It is a gross dereliction of my duty.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • I seated myself in a chair, and rocked to and fro, passing harsh judgment on my many derelictions of duty; from which, it struck me then, all the misfortunes of my employers sprang.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The dereliction of duty was too terrible for words.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "Madame," replied Villefort, with a mournful smile, "I have already had the honor to observe that my father has—at least, I hope so—abjured his past errors, and that he is, at the present moment, a firm and zealous friend to religion and order—a better royalist, possibly, than his son; for he has to atone for past dereliction, while I have no other impulse than warm, decided preference and conviction."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • More angry with Jude for demeaning her by coming there than for dereliction of duty, she rated him primarily from that point of view, and only secondarily from a moral one.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure

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  • It had been incurred by a little fellow, young, a novice, an afterguardsman absent from his assigned post when the ship was being put about; a dereliction resulting in a rather serious hitch to that manoeuvre, one demanding instantaneous promptitude in letting go and making fast.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "Oh, Roberta, darling," he said instantly and tenderly, putting his arms around her, genuinely moved by his own dereliction.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The dread and disgrace of failure had no influence on Deerslayer, who deemed it even a point of honor to reason and feel like a white man, rather than as an Indian, and who felt it a sort of duty to do all he could that did not involve a dereliction from principle, in order to save his life.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The invitation from Lady Pensil, for mysterious reasons, had never arrived; and poor Mr. Bantling himself, with all his friendly ingenuity, had been unable to explain so grave a dereliction on the part of a missive that had obviously been sent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She was ten now and following the aunt’s dereliction (Miss Rosa now kept her father’s house as the aunt had done until the night the aunt climbed out the window and vanished) there was not only no one to make her to play with her nephew and niece on those days formal and funereal, she did not even have to go out there and breathe the same air which he breathed and where, even though absent, he still remained, lurked, in what she called sardonic and watchful triumph.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Incredibly, he will never be punished for this gross dereliction of duty.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • But I’m going to report you for dereliction of duty and you won’t even know what hit you.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Red Men who failed to report for bedside duty with their stricken brother were fineda dollar for dereliction.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • She felt that she couldn’t leave her job in the middle of the Reston crisis, that it would be a dereliction of her post.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • It was, indeed, the hour of day when all the prisoners of the town realized their dereliction and each was thinking that something, no matter what, must be done to hasten their deliverance.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • A clerk was instructed to read the charges: dereliction of duty, desertion of a post in time of war, aiding the enemy, abandonment of prisoners, theft of government property, conspiracy, and murder.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • And even though the president of the United States was shot to death after Parker left his post, the officer was never convicted of dereliction of duty—and, incredibly, was even allowed to remain on the police force.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • If this had been done, it would doubtless have been interpreted into an entire dereliction of the federal principle; and would certainly have deprived the State governments of that absolute safeguard which they will enjoy under this provision.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The invitation from Lady Pensil, for mysterious reasons, had never arrived; and poor Mr. Bantling himself, with all his friendly ingenuity, had been unable to explain so grave a dereliction on the part of a missive that had obviously been sent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • When three kids went out the gate in the rear of a bakery truck, fifteen-year-olds, junior Alley Boys as the Alhambras were sometimes called, I thought it was a tremendous, what, a dereliction, a collapse, bunched in the back of a Silvercup truck—I was shocked at the level of neglect.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Dereliction of duty!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • This was the day when they made amends for the oblivion and dereliction in which their dead had slept for many a long month.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Formal police charges of dereliction of duty were pressed against Parker, but once again he was acquitted.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • But it’s obvious that there has been gross dereliction of duty.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • I had almost forgotten, not only about the Order, but about Ottawa itself; but as I again leafed through the minutely detailed sheaf of instructions I realized I had been guilty of a dereliction of duty.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • That preservative and maternal passion of hers which in Warsaw, only months before, Wanda had deemed so selfish, so indecent, was something that, brought to its cruelest trial, Sophie could not overcome—and she wept now, helplessly, in the shame of her dereliction.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "You are under arrest for illegal telephone tapping, gross dereliction of duty, repeated break-ins at Mikael Blomkvist’s apartment on Bellmansgatan, and additional counts.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Ekström is the subject of an investigation for dereliction of duty, and he may even be charged too if it turns out that he deliberately disregarded his duty at the behest of the Section.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • ...he has to atone for past dereliction...
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It is a gross dereliction of my duty.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
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