- The definition of pejorative is having a negative or belittling effect.
An example of pejorative is a cruel statement about a student's schoolwork that causes him to produce even lower quality schoolwork.
- declining; making or becoming worse: applied to words whose basic meaning has changed for the worse (Ex.: knave, cretin)
- disparaging or derogatory
Origin: from Classical Latin pejoratus, past participle of pejorare, to make worse from pejor, worse, origin, originally , inclined downward from Indo-European base an unverified form ped-, foot
- pejoratively adverb
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- Tending to make or become worse.
- Disparaging; belittling.
- pe·jorˈa·tive·ly adverb