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derogatory

[dih-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory: a derogatory remark.
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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

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belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-derogatory

derogatory

adjective
  1. tending or intended to detract, disparage, or belittle; intentionally offensive
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Derived Formsderogatorily, adverbderogatoriness, 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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