An example of pejorative is a cruel statement about a student's schoolwork that causes him to produce even lower quality schoolwork.
- Linguis. taking on or giving a meaning or connotation that is less favorable: -ess and -ling are often pejorative suffixes
- 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)