Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Disparaging; belittling.
  • adjective Tending to detract or diminish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Detracting or tending to lessen by taking something away; that lessens extent, effect, estimation, etc.: with to, sometimes from.
  • Synonyms Depreciative, discreditable, disgraceful.
  • noun A derogatory act or statement; a disparagement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing a low opinion; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; -- with from, to, or unto.
  • adjective (Law) a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; -- a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious.
  • adjective law When referring to a clause in a testament: a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; – a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion.
  • noun A trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective expressive of low opinion

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin dērogātōrius, from Latin dērogāre; corresponding to derogate +‎ -ory.

Examples

  • "The eyes filled with tears show her innocence, but her dot made the word derogatory and this is a good enough reason for a consequence and she should never in her life dare to think anything against Islam."

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  • Mario Mancuso says they won't suspend those rules, but if they get what he calls derogatory information about how these Chinese companies are using the technology, they will revisit the process -- Wolf.

    CNN Transcript Jan 2, 2008

  • Pakistan's parliament criticized the pope for what it called his derogatory comments.

    CNN Transcript Sep 15, 2006

  • I’d referred to the Africans as munts though not to their faces even though I knew on some level that they considered the term derogatory or insulting.

    Rainbow’s End

  • I’d referred to the Africans as munts though not to their faces even though I knew on some level that they considered the term derogatory or insulting.

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  • Would you still call Pam a queer, or the community groups she belonged to queer groups, if she didn't want to be called queer, and found the term derogatory, defamatory, and / or offensive?

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  • I offer no excuses other than that I myself didn’t feel the term derogatory to women.

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  • Gringo is a legitime word that sometimes is used in a derogatory way, but is very different to a word like greaser, wetback or beaner, which is derogatory from the conception. (native Mexican, location unkown) chinagringo

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  • Gringo is a legitime word that sometimes is used in a derogatory way, but is very different to a word like greaser, wetback or beaner, which is derogatory from the conception. (native Mexican, location unkown) chinagringo

    Page 2

  • Gringo is a legitime word that sometimes is used in a derogatory way, but is very different to a word like greaser, wetback or beaner, which is derogatory from the conception. (native Mexican, location unkown) chinagringo

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