[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.
/pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv; ˈpiːdʒər-/
(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.


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