pejorative[pi jôr′ə tiv, -jär′-; occas. pē′jə rāt′iv, pej′ə-]
- 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 of pejorative; 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
(comparative more pejorative, superlative most pejorative)