tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory: a derogatory remark.
- de·rog·a·to·ri·ly, adverb
- de·rog·a·to·ri·ness, noun
- non·de·rog·a·to·ri·ly, adverb
- non·de·rog·a·to·ri·ly·ness, noun
- non·de·rog·a·to·ry, adjective
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How to use derogatory in a sentence
While the term professional patient is sometimes used in a derogatory way, it accurately describes many people who regularly interact with the health care system.To Fix America's Broken Health Care System, We Must Rethink Who Counts as an Expert | s.e. smith | June 10, 2021 | Time
Montgomery Steppe’s letter makes no derogatory references to Lincoln students.An Annotated History of the Community Square-Off Over Lincoln High | Will Huntsberry and Sara Libby | June 7, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
The team used these interviews to create a taxonomy of 18 different types of hate speech, focusing on English and text-based hate speech only, including derogatory speech, slurs, and threatening language.
After Greene attempted to confront Ocasio-Cortez in the Capitol on Wednesday, CNN unearthed video from 2019 in which Greene, then a private citizen, is shown making derogatory comments about Ocasio-Cortez from outside her Capitol Hill office.Marjorie Taylor Greene’s years-long campaign to disparage and attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | Philip Bump | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
The company’s latest big push is to address body shaming by imposing a ban on “unsolicited and derogatory comments made about someone’s appearance, body shape, size or health.”How Whitney Wolfe Herd Turned a Vision of a Better Internet Into a Billion-Dollar Brand | Charlotte Alter/Austin | March 19, 2021 | Time
Reid had written poems about three other professors, all of them critical and derogatory.
But ernai is an old term, not exactly derogatory but certainly lacking in regard, so Mei prefers to call herself a “girlfriend.”China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages | Brendon Hong | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As for the piece itself, at the time, I thought it portrayed the band as real and it did so not in any sort of derogatory way.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band | Grover Lewis | March 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If a man gave that testimony, you would never see those kind of derogatory remarks.
After 11 years of service, his visa was just denied due to “derogatory information.”We Abandoned Them: Kirk Johnson’s Fight to Save Iraqis | John Kael Weston | September 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A mushir (marshal) would find it derogatory to his dignity to smoke out of a stem less than two yards in length.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
It seemed to him particularly derogatory to have to appear before this Areopagus in person.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
But, then, Nold is himself a great admirer of Most; he would not say anything derogatory, unless fully convinced that it is true.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
In his haste he had said derogatory things about Robin in his heart, which was unreasonable.Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
He said, however, that it was nothing that it would be in any way derogatory to her honor to grant him.Xerxes | Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for derogatory
tending or intended to detract, disparage, or belittle; intentionally offensive
- derogatorily, adverb
- derogatoriness, noun
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