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pe·jor·a·tive(pĭ-jôr′ə-tĭv, -jŏr′-, pĕj′ə-rā′tĭv, pē′jə-)
Disparaging; belittling: "The label Neandertal took on a pejorative connotation decades ago; it implied boorishness at best and stupidity at worst" (Craig Stanford).
A disparaging or belittling word or expression.
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(of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
a pejorative word, expression, etc
[C19: from French péjoratif, from Late Latin pējōrātus, past participle of pējōrāre to make worse, from Latin pēior worse]
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pe•jo•ra•tive(pɪˈdʒɔr ə tɪv, -ˈdʒɒr-, ˈpɛdʒ əˌreɪ-, ˈpi dʒə-)
1. having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force, as a word.n.
2. a pejorative form or word, as poetaster.
[1880–85; < Late Latin pējōrāt(us), past participle of pējōrāre, derivative of pējor worse]
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Used to describe an expression that means something unpleasant or derogatory.
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|Adj.||1.||pejorative - expressing disapproval; "dyslogistic terms like `nitwit' and `scalawag'"|
uncomplimentary - tending to (or intended to) detract or disparage
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adjective derogatory, negative, slighting, unpleasant, belittling, disparaging, debasing, deprecatory, uncomplimentary, depreciatory, detractive, detractory He used the word in a pejorative sense.
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pejorative[pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv] adj → péjoratif/ive
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pejorative[pɪˈdʒɒrɪtɪv] adj → spregiativo/a, peggiorativo/a
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