- lessening; belittling; derogatory.
Origin of derogative
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Related Wordscritical, deprecative, deprecatory, depreciatory, derogatory, detractive, slighting, uncomplimentary
Examples from the Web for derogative
They also admit of derogative and prepositional inflections.
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.
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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