pejorative

[pi-jawr-uh-tiv, -jor-, pej-uh-rey-, pee-juh-]
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:
1880–85; < Latin pējōrāt(us) (see pejoration) + -ive

pejoratively, adverb
nonpejorative, adjective
nonpejoratively, adverb
unpejorative, adjective
unpejoratively, adverb


1. deprecatory.
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pejorative (pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv, ˈpiːdʒər-)
 
adj
1.  (of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
 
n
2.  a pejorative word, expression, etc
 
[C19: from French péjoratif, from Late Latin pējōrātus, past participle of pējōrāre to make worse, from Latin pēior worse]
 
pe'joratively
 
adv

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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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Example sentences
Laser something-or-other equals high tech, as opposed to psychotherapy, the pejoratively low-tech art of talk therapy.
It only became an insult when it was used pejoratively to denigrate a group of people.
But it is used not descriptively but pejoratively in journalism so it is better not to use it here.
Propaganda may be produced by all parts of the political spectrum, and should not be interpreted pejoratively.
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