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pejorative

[pi-jawr-uh-tiv, -jor-, pej-uh-rey-, pee-juh-] /pɪˈdʒɔr ə tɪv, -ˈdʒɒr-, ˈpɛdʒ əˌreɪ-, ˈpi dʒə-/
adjective
1.
having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force:
the pejorative affix -ling in princeling.
noun
2.
a pejorative form or word, as poetaster.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Latin pējōrāt(us) (see pejoration) + -ive
Related forms
pejoratively, adverb
nonpejorative, adjective
nonpejoratively, adverb
unpejorative, adjective
unpejoratively, adverb
Synonyms
1. deprecatory.
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Examples 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

pejorative

/pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv; ˈpiːdʒər-/
adjective
1.
(of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
noun
2.
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
pejorative
"depreciative, disparaging," 1882, from Fr. péjoratif (fem. péjorative), from L.L. pejoratus, pp. of pejorare "make worse," from L. pejor "worse," related to pessimus "worst," pessum "downward, to the ground." Eng. had pejorate "to worsen" from 1644.
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