[pi-jawr-uh-tiv, -jor-, pej-uh-rey-, pee-juh-] /pɪˈdʒɔr ə tɪv, -ˈdʒɒr-, ˈpɛdʒ əˌreɪ-, ˈpi dʒə-/
having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force:
the pejorative affix -ling in princeling.
a pejorative form or word, as poetaster.
(of words, expressions, etc) having an unpleasant or disparaging connotation
a pejorative word, expression, etc
“depreciative, disparaging,” 1888, from French péjoratif, from Late Latin peiorat-, past participle stem of peiorare “make worse,” from Latin peior “worse,” related to pessimus “worst,” pessum “downward, to the ground,” from PIE *ped-yos-, comparative of root *ped- “to walk, stumble, impair” (see peccadillo). As a noun from 1882. English had a verb pejorate “to worsen” from 1640s.
[puh-laj-ik] /pəˈlædʒ ɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the open seas or oceans. 2. living or growing at or near the surface of the ocean, far from land, as certain organisms. /pɛˈlædʒɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the open sea: pelagic whaling 2. (of marine life) living or occurring in the upper waters […]
[peen-l] /ˈpin l/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or involving punishment, as for crimes or offenses. 2. prescribing punishment: penal laws. 3. constituting punishment: He survived the years of penal hardship. 4. used as a place of confinement and punishment: a penal colony. 5. subject to or incurring punishment: a penal offense. 6. payable or […]
nonpenetrance non·pen·e·trance (nŏn-pěn’ĭ-trəns) n.
- Nonpenetrant trait
nonpenetrant trait non·pen·e·trant trait (nŏn-pěn’ĭ-trənt) n. A genetic trait that is not manifested phenotypically because of factors outside its own locus.