derogatory [dih- rog- uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] Synonyms Word Origin 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
-tōrius -tory 1 Related forms 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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British Dictionary definitions for non-derogatory tending or intended to detract, disparage, or belittle; intentionally offensive Derived Forms derogatorily, adverb derogatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-derogatory derogatory adj.
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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