adjective \di-ˈrä-gə-ˌtr-ē\

: expressing a low opinion of someone or something : showing a lack of respect for someone or something

Full Definition of DEROGATORY

:  detracting from the character or standing of something —often used with to, towards, or of
:  expressive of a low opinion :  disparaging <derogatory remarks>
de·rog·a·to·ri·ly \-ˌrä-gə-ˈtr-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of DEROGATORY

  1. <fans made a steady stream of derogatory remarks about the players on the visiting team>
  2. The aroma of wine made from Concord … grapes is often described as foxy, a wine term as derogatory as it is vague. —Danny May et al., Berkshire Home Style, March 2007


(see derogate)
First Known Use: circa 1503


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