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[pi-jawr-uh-tiv, -jor-, pej-uh-rey-, pee-juh-] /pɪˈdʒɔr ə tɪv, -ˈdʒɒr-, ˈpɛdʒ əˌreɪ-, ˈpi dʒə-/
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
1880-85; < Latin pējōrāt(us) (see pejoration) + -ive
Related forms
pejoratively, adverb
nonpejorative, adjective
nonpejoratively, adverb
unpejorative, adjective
unpejoratively, adverb
1. deprecatory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pejorative
  • This doesn't mean tourist pictures in the pejorative sense.
  • You invented the term "Googlization," which can sound pejorative—but it isn't.
  • And while he's been described by what has become a pejorative for quarterbacks - "game manager" - he's really done more than that.
  • That is why the somewhat pejorative term "fictitious" is attached to this force.
  • What is odd is how fairly quickly the concept of geek has moved from pejorative to almost complimentary.
  • Worse, the term tends to be pejorative and is certainly murky.
  • The word "pedant" is pejorative.
  • It is as if freedom had become a pejorative term, especially in the context of the global financial crisis.
  • You just heaped a pejorative laden deluge of it on the board in the quote above.
  • The economics rests on what we might call — without pejorative intent — a confidence trick.
British Dictionary definitions for pejorative


/pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv; ˈpiːdʒər-/
(of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
a pejorative word, expression, etc
Derived Forms
pejoratively, adverb
Word Origin
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 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.

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