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derogatory

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

OTHER WORDS FOR derogatory

belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating.
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Origin of derogatory

1495–1505; <Late Latin dērogātōrius cursing, equivalent to dērogā(re) (see derogate) + -tōrius-tory1

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British Dictionary definitions for derogatory

derogatory
/ (dɪˈrɒɡətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective
tending or intended to detract, disparage, or belittle; intentionally offensive

Derived forms of derogatory

derogatorily, adverbderogatoriness, noun
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