[pej-uh-rey-shuh n, pee-juh-] /ˌpɛdʒ əˈreɪ ʃən, ˌpi dʒə-/

depreciation; a lessening in worth, quality, etc.
Historical Linguistics. semantic change in a word to a lower, less approved, or less respectable meaning.
Compare (def 1).
(linguistics) semantic change whereby a word acquires unfavourable connotations: the English word “silly” changed its meaning from “holy” or “happy” by pejoration Compare amelioration (sense 3)
the process of worsening; deterioration

1650s, noun of action from pejorate (see pejorative).


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