The definition of pejorative is having a negative or belittling effect.(adjective)
An example of pejorative is a cruel statement about a student's schoolwork that causes him to produce even lower quality schoolwork.
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Origin: < L pejoratus, pp. of pejorare, to make worse < pejor, worse, orig., inclined downward < IE base *ped-, foot
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