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pejorative

[pi-jawr-uh-tiv, -jor-, pej-uh-rey-, pee-juh-]
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adjective
  1. having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force: the pejorative affix -ling in princeling.
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noun
  1. a pejorative form or word, as poetaster.
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Origin of pejorative

1880–85; < Latin pējōrāt(us) (see pejoration) + -ive
Related formspe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverbnon·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjectivenon·pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverbun·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjectiveun·pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverb

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1. deprecatory.
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pejorative

adjective
  1. (of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
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noun
  1. a pejorative word, expression, etc
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Derived Formspejoratively, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from French péjoratif, from Late Latin pējōrātus, past participle of pējōrāre to make worse, from Latin pēior worse
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Word Origin and History for pejorative

adj.

"depreciative, disparaging," 1888, from French péjoratif, from Late Latin peiorat-, past participle stem of peiorare "make worse," from Latin peior "worse," related to pessimus "worst," pessum "downward, to the ground," from PIE *ped-yos-, comparative of root *ped- "to walk, stumble, impair" (see peccadillo). As a noun from 1882. English had a verb pejorate "to worsen" from 1640s.

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