Definitions

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  • v. To make worse; to deteriorate or to worsen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to deteriorate; depreciate the value of.

Etymologies

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From (the participle stem of) Latin peiorō ("make worse"), from pēior ("worse").

Examples

  • Only later did it pejorate to mean illegitimate offspring.

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  • Slaves also pejorate the families that use them; the white children become proud, disgusted with labor, and, being educated in idleness, are rendered unfit to get

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919

  • "Pejorate," to make worse, is still an unusual and stilted word: Franklin in the first edition of the "Canada Pamphlet" in the "observations concerning the increase of mankind, etc," omitted in the second 'edition used the word in the sentence, "Slaves also pejorate the families that use them."

    Benjamin Franklin and Canada

  • "You do not appear to me to recognise the gravity of your situation, or you would be more careful not to pejorate the same by words which glance upon the purity of justice.

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

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  • The exact antonym is "meliorate."

    July 26, 2012

  • To make worse; depreciate.

    May 12, 2008