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

  • adjective Disparaging; belittling.
  • noun A disparaging or belittling word or expression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tending or intended to depreciate or deteriorate, as the sense of a word; giving a low or bad sense to.
  • noun In grammar, a word that depreciates or deteriorates the sense: thus, poetaster is a pejorative of poet, criticaster of critic.

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

  • adjective Implying or imputing evil; depreciatory; disparaging; unfavorable.

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

  • adjective Disparaging, belittling or derogatory.
  • noun A disparaging, belittling, or derogatory word or expression.

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

  • adjective expressing disapproval


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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.


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  • I like this word. I also like depreciatory.

    October 18, 2007

  • The word itself sounds like you're spitting. If you say it in the right tone of voice it sounds like a Klingon insult.

    May 24, 2009