[dih-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory: a derogatory remark.

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

Synonyms for derogatory

belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for derogatorily



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



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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