- having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force: the pejorative affix -ling in princeling.
- a pejorative form or word, as poetaster.
Origin of pejorative
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Related Wordsderisive, derogatory, disadvantageous, disparaging, irreverent, rude, slighting, unpleasant, deprecatory, depreciatory, detractive, uncomplimentary
Examples from the Web for pejorative
At its most pejorative, the term describes a uniquely disposable kind of young gay man: Hairless, guileless, witless.Inside Hollywood’s ‘Twink’ Pool Parties
April 19, 2014
In Spanish the word joke (broma) is not at all pejorative, it is playful.Isabel Allende’s Controversial New Thriller
February 23, 2014
“A Billy Collins poem” has even been used as a pejorative term in certain workshop settings.Why Billy Collins Is America’s Most Popular Poet
October 22, 2013
Grossman is quick to point out that he does not consider the term “sheep” a pejorative.In Defense of a Good Guy With a Gun
April 28, 2013
There is no need to qualify this assessment with a pejorative “for a reality-TV show.”The Rehab Show That Works
July 21, 2010
This term is a pejorative which may be applied also to the exercise of our other senses.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
Alternatively, Professor A. Dalzell points out to me that illa could have a pejorative sense.
He consistently uses "Jew" as a pejorative adjective instead of "Jewish."Nina Balatka
But given its age and its purpose this ought not to be construed in the contemporary, pejorative sense.Diego Collado's Grammar of the Japanese Language
- (of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
- a pejorative word, expression, etc
Word Origin and History for 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.