Linguis. the taking on of a less favorable meaning or connotation
Origin of pejorationMedieval Latin pejoratio: see pejorative
- The process or condition of worsening or degenerating.
- Linguistics The process by which the meaning of a word becomes negative or disparaging over a period of time, as silly, from Middle English seely, “blessed, innocent,” has come to mean “showing a lack of good sense, frivolous.”
Origin of pejorationMedieval Latin p&emacron;i&omacron;rati&omacron;, p&emacron;i&omacron;rati&omacron;n-, from Late Latin p&emacron;i&omacron;ratus, past participle of p&emacron;i&omacron;rare, to make worse, from Latin p&emacron;ior, worse; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin peior (“worse")