- The definition of derogatory is making something or someone feel less than they are.
An example of derogatory is a comment that insults someone’s abilities.
derogatory definition by Webster's New World
- tending to lessen or impair; detracting
- disparaging; belittling
Origin: Classical Latin derogatorius: see derogate
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- derogatorily adverb
derogatory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Disparaging; belittling: a derogatory comment.
- Tending to detract or diminish.
- de·rogˌa·toˈri·ly adverb
- de·rogˈa·toˌri·ness noun