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1. Disparaging; belittling: a derogatory comment.
2. Tending to detract or diminish.

de·rog′a·to′ri·ly adv.
de·rog′a·to′ri·ness n.
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Whereas sight suggests and enforces dualism, the mundane roots of the normal state of consciousness (that I call the "zero" state in order to avoid the derogatoriness of the concept of "normality" and to suggest straight away the existence of a local hierarchy of states)5 emerge more and more as soon as the data coming from the other senses are brought into consideration: the spectator-subject discovers its embodiedness and its embeddeness.