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Friday, October 03, 2003

Definitions for pejorative

  1. Tending to make or become worse.
  2. Tending to disparage or belittle.
  3. A belittling or disparaging word or expression.

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Citations for pejorative
Citing the construction industry, car dealers, and politicians as the purveyors of "sprawl" (a pejorative term that does not even allow for the possibility of benefits associated with low-density development), Kunstler fails to consider the role of market forces. Julia Hansen, The Atlantic
While he said that he is not a "fanboy," mildly pejorative slang for an aggressively obsessive "Star Wars" fan, he did mention that the John Williams "Star Wars" theme was played at his wedding reception two years ago. Michel Marriott, New York Times
Origin of pejorative
Pejorative is derived from the past participle of Late Latin pejorare, "to make worse, to become worse," from Latin pejor, "worse."