[ dih-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ dɪˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


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

Nearby words

  1. dernier cri,
  2. dero,
  3. derogate,
  4. derogation,
  5. derogative,
  6. deromanticize,
  7. derp,
  8. derrick,
  9. derrida,
  10. derrida, jacques

Origin of derogatory

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

SYNONYMS FOR derogatory
belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating.

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British Dictionary definitions for derogatory


/ (dɪˈrɒɡətərɪ, -trɪ) /


tending or intended to detract, disparage, or belittle; intentionally offensive
Derived Formsderogatorily, adverbderogatoriness, noun

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Word Origin and History for derogatory



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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