Pejorative definition

pĭ-jôrə-tĭv, -jŏr-, pĕjə-rātĭv, pējə-
A disparaging or belittling word or expression.
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Disparaging or derogatory.
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A pejorative word or form.
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Disparaging; belittling.
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(linguis.) Taking on or giving a meaning or connotation that is less favorable.

-ess and -ling are often pejorative suffixes.

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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.

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A disparaging, belittling, or derogatory word or expression.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pejorative
Plural:
pejoratives

Origin of pejorative

  • French 1882 péjorative (“depreciative, disparaging"), from Late Latin peioratus, past participle of peiorare (“make worse"), from Latin peior (“worse"). Compare English 1644 pejorate (“to worsen"), from the same etymology.

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