American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tending to make or become worse.
- adj. Disparaging; belittling.
- n. A disparaging or belittling word or expression.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending or intended to depreciate or deteriorate, as the sense of a word; giving a low or bad sense to.
- n. In grammar, a word that depreciates or deteriorates the sense: thus, poetaster is a pejorative of poet, criticaster of critic.
- adj. Disparaging, belittling or derogatory.
- n. A disparaging, belittling, or derogatory word or expression.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Implying or imputing evil; depreciatory; disparaging; unfavorable.
- adj. expressing disapproval
- French 1882 péjorative ("depreciative, disparaging"), from Late Latin peioratus, past participle of peiorare ("make worse"), from Latin peior ("worse"). Compare English 1644 pejorate ("to worsen"), from the same etymology. (Wiktionary)
“Was Sarah correct; That using the term “RETARDS” as a pejorative is insensitive and cruel?”
“After reviewing, GLAAD called on Universal to remove the scene where the word 'gay' was used as a pejorative from the trailer.”
“The double pejorative is unfortunate, as I also find the term to be pretty clever.”
“That use of the pejorative is by blacks, not whites. fifth monarchy man: Sort of like African Americans who were allowed to participate in southern society as long as they acted like white folks.”
“That use of the pejorative is by blacks, not whites.”
“They use gambling only in pejorative contexts, as in “problem gambling.””
“Why “masculine” tends to be a term of praise and “feminine” (or worse, effeminate) pejorative is another matter.”
“The sense in which “multiculturalism” deserves to be used as a pejorative is that which entails a kind of balkanization of public norms, with different rules and standards applying to different groups — the sense in which both the citizenry and the individual citizen dissolve into a crazy-quilt of intermediate identities.”
“This same progression, from neutral to pejorative, is happening with the words challenged and special, used in the same sense, today.”
“I suspect part of the issue with Goody Two-Shoes becoming a pejorative is that the term “Goody” is being misread.”
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