[ 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.

Words nearby derogatory

Origin of derogatory

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

SYNONYMS FOR derogatory

belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating.

OTHER WORDS FROM derogatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for derogatory

/ (dɪˈrɒɡətərɪ, -trɪ) /


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

Derived forms of derogatory

derogatorily, adverbderogatoriness, noun
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