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derogatory

[dih-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory:
a derogatory remark.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Late Latin dērogātōrius cursing, equivalent to dērogā(re) (see derogate) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
derogatorily, adverb
derogatoriness, noun
nonderogatorily, adverb
nonderogatorilyness, noun
nonderogatory, adjective
Synonyms
belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating.
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British Dictionary definitions for derogatorily

derogatory

/dɪˈrɒɡətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
tending or intended to detract, disparage, or belittle; intentionally offensive
Derived Forms
derogatorily, adverb
derogatoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for derogatorily

derogatory

adj.

c.1500, from Late Latin derogatorius, from Latin derogatus, past participle of derogare "to take away, detract from, diminish," also "repeal partly, restrict, modify," from de- "away" (see de-) + rogare "ask, question, propose" (see rogation).

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