pejoration

noun pe·jo·ra·tion

Definition of pejoration

plural -s
: 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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Origin and Etymology of 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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