[pi-jawr-uh-tiv, -jor-, pej-uh-rey-, pee-juh-]
  1. a pejorative form or word, as poetaster.

Origin of pejorative

1880–85; < Latin pējōrāt(us) (see pejoration) + -ive
Related formspe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverbnon·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjectivenon·pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverbun·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjectiveun·pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverb

Synonyms for pejorative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-pejorative


  1. (of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
  1. a pejorative word, expression, etc
Derived Formspejoratively, adverb

Word Origin for pejorative

C19: from French péjoratif, from Late Latin pējōrātus, past participle of pējōrāre to make worse, from Latin pēior worse
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Word Origin and History for non-pejorative



"depreciative, disparaging," 1888, from French péjoratif, from Late Latin peiorat-, past participle stem of peiorare "make worse," from Latin peior "worse," related to pessimus "worst," pessum "downward, to the ground," from PIE *ped-yos-, comparative of root *ped- "to walk, stumble, impair" (see peccadillo). As a noun from 1882. English had a verb pejorate "to worsen" from 1640s.

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