[ pi-jawr-uh-tiv, -jor-, pej-uh-rey-, pee-juh- ]
/ pɪˈdʒɔr ə tɪv, -ˈdʒɒr-, ˈpɛdʒ əˌreɪ-, ˈpi dʒə- /
having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force: the pejorative affix -ling in princeling.
a pejorative form or word, as poetaster.
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SYNONYMS FOR pejorative
OTHER WORDS FROM pejorative
pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverbnon·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjectivenon·pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverbun·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjective
Words nearby pejorative
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British Dictionary definitions for non-pejorative
/ (pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv, ˈpiːdʒər-) /
(of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
a pejorative word, expression, etc
Derived forms of pejorativepejoratively, 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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