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[dih-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory:
a derogatory remark.
Origin of derogatory
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
belittling, uncomplimentary, denigrating. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for derogatory
  • The use of the term "retarded" as derogatory is not a holdback from the 80s.
  • Please stop using a derogatory acronym that is offensive.
  • Occasionally, however, reporters themselves dig out derogatory information from public records.
  • The term was originally applied to outlaws in Ireland and was adopted as a derogatory name for supporters of the duke.
  • The current name is considered derogatory.
  • That is a typically derogatory question.
  • Elite intellectuals are "geeks," "nerds," egg-heads" to name a few derogatory stereotypes.
  • That's the first thing you said that I was able to respect simply because you weren't derogatory or attacking me directly.
  • These are derogatory and inaccurate terms.
  • When she objected, he used a derogatory term.
British Dictionary definitions for derogatory


/dɪˈrɒɡətərɪ; -trɪ/
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 derogatory

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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