pejoration

noun
pe·​jo·​ra·​tion
plural -s

Definition of pejoration

: a change for the worse : depreciation specifically : an historical process by which the semantic and connotative status of a word tends to decline — compare melioration

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History and Etymology for pejoration

Medieval Latin pejoration-, pejoratio, from Late Latin pejoratus (past participle of pejorare to become worse, make worse) + Latin -ion-, -io -ion

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“Pejoration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pejoration. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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