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  1. lessening; belittling; derogatory.
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Origin of derogative

1470–80; < Old French derogatif < Late Latin dērogātīvus. See derogate, -ive
Related formsde·rog·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·de·rog·a·tive, adjectivenon·de·rog·a·tive·ly, adverbun·de·rog·a·tive, adjectiveun·de·rog·a·tive·ly, adverb
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Related Words

critical, deprecative, deprecatory, depreciatory, derogatory, detractive, slighting, uncomplimentary

Examples from the Web for derogative

Historical Examples

  • They also admit of derogative and prepositional inflections.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • The term Moowis is one of the most derogative and offensive possible.

    The American Indians

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • Ka is often a prefix of negation in compound words, which has the force of a derogative.

  • Subordinate spirits of evil, are denoted by using the derogative form of the word, in sh by which Moneto is rendered Monetosh.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

Word Origin and History for derogative


late 15c., from Middle French derogatif, from Latin *derogativus, from past participle stem of derogare (see derogatory).

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