pejorative


1pe·jo·ra·tive

noun \pi-ˈjr-ə-tiv, -ˈjär- also ˈpe-jə-rə-tiv or ˈpē- or -ˌrā- or ˈpej-rə- or ˈpēj-\

Definition of PEJORATIVE

:  a word or phrase that has negative connotations or that is intended to disparage or belittle :  a pejorative word or phrase

Origin of PEJORATIVE

(see 2pejorative)
First Known Use: 1882

Rhymes with PEJORATIVE

2pe·jo·ra·tive

adjective \pi-ˈjr-ə-tiv, -ˈjär- also ˈpe-jə-rə-tiv or ˈpē- or -ˌrā- or ˈpej-rə- or ˈpēj-\

: insulting to someone or something : expressing criticism

Full Definition of PEJORATIVE

:  having negative connotations; especially :  tending to disparage or belittle :  depreciatory
pe·jo·ra·tive·ly adverb

Examples of PEJORATIVE

  1. a word with pejorative connotations
  2. <the reviewer used the pejorative word versifier to refer to the writer, whose poems had struck a responsive chord with the general public>
  3. Children born with an extra chromosome 21 are healthy, conspicuously happy and destined to live for many years. But they are not considered, in that pejorative word, normal. —Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999

Origin of PEJORATIVE

Late Latin pejoratus, past participle of pejorare to make or become worse, from Latin pejor worse; akin to Sanskrit padyate he falls, Latin ped-, pes foot — more at foot
First Known Use: circa 1888

Rhymes with PEJORATIVE

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