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derogatory

[dih-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory: a derogatory remark.
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Origin of derogatory

1495–1505; < Late Latin dērogātōrius cursing, equivalent to dērogā(re) (see derogate) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsde·rog·a·to·ri·ly, adverbde·rog·a·to·ri·ness, nounnon·de·rog·a·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·de·rog·a·to·ri·ly·ness, nounnon·de·rog·a·to·ry, adjective

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belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating.
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British Dictionary definitions for derogatorily

derogatory

adjective
  1. tending or intended to detract, disparage, or belittle; intentionally offensive
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Derived Formsderogatorily, adverbderogatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for derogatorily

derogatory

adj.

c.1500, from Late Latin derogatorius, from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "to take away, detract from, diminish," also "repeal partly, restrict, modify," from de- "away" (see de-) + rogare "ask, question, propose" (see rogation).

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