Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to make or become worse.
  • adj. Disparaging; belittling.
  • n. A disparaging or belittling word or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Disparaging, belittling or derogatory.
  • n. A disparaging, belittling, or derogatory word or expression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Implying or imputing evil; depreciatory; disparaging; unfavorable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending or intended to depreciate or deteriorate, as the sense of a word; giving a low or bad sense to.
  • n. In grammar, a word that depreciates or deteriorates the sense: thus, poetaster is a pejorative of poet, criticaster of critic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressing disapproval

Etymologies

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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The word itself sounds like you're spitting. If you say it in the right tone of voice it sounds like a Klingon insult.

    May 24, 2009

  • I like this word. I also like depreciatory.

    October 18, 2007