pejorative [pi- jawr- uh-tiv, - jor-, pej- uh-rey-, pee-j uh-] SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force: the pejorative affix -ling in princeling. noun a pejorative form or word, as poetaster. Origin of pejorative 1880–85;
-ive Related forms pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverb non·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjective non·pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverb un·pe·jo·ra·tive, adjective un·pe·jo·ra·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for non-pejorative adjective (of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation noun a pejorative word, expression, etc Derived Forms pejoratively, 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 adj.
"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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