derogatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj derogatory expressive of low opinion "derogatory comments","disparaging remarks about the new house"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a derogatory Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing a low opinion; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; -- with from to, or unto. "Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not.""His language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • derogatory Detracting or tending to lessen by taking something away; that lessens extent, effect, estimation, etc.: with to, sometimes from.
    • derogatory Synonyms Depreciative, discreditable, disgraceful.
    • n derogatory A derogatory act or statement; a disparagement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Derogatory detracting: injurious
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. derogāre, -ātum, to repeal part of a law—de, down from, and rogāre, to propose a law.

Usage

In literature:

They consider it derogatory to manhood to carry a load or to do more work than they can help.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
You would not ask me, I am sure, to do anything derogatory to my character.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
Pipestick said that it was considered very derogatory to the dignity of a warrior.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
They warmly shook hands, as Roger did not consider it derogatory.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
But the acceptance of this payment is considered derogatory and the husband refuses it unless he is poor.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
His conduct was declared to have been "derogatory to the honour" of his Majesty, and "demoralizing to the community.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
That officer thought the ox-cart was derogatory to the dignity of the army.
"Bulgaria" by Frank Fox
A derogatory but well-known name in navigating our eastern coasts for the beautiful tower of Boston church.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Rumors one heard, but no definite derogatory statements.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
If you think 'sheep' derogatory, pray make it 'goats.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
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In news:

Pakistani police have opened a blasphemy case against a teenage Christian boy accused of sending derogatory text messages about Islam's prophet to neighbors in the southern city of Karachi , an official said Friday.
The competitor weighs in on the coach's comments that his performance of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" was "derogatory to women.".
Each witness responded no when asked by Ravi's lawyer, Phil Nettl, if they had ever heard him say anything derogatory or negative about a gay person or homosexuality in general.
A derogatory Facebook page mocking Norfolk State University has surfaced on the social networking site.
That is not meant to be a derogatory description.
Being subject to routine foul and sexually offensive language in her workplace, including ongoing derogatory references to plaintiff as a female.
Billy Graham 's website deletes derogatory "cult" reference to Mormonism (Politics Blog).
In the big cities of Thailand, the word "Buffalo" has taken on another meaning - a derogatory way of describing someone from the provinces.
It takes its name from a fond but faintly derogatory name for the mother country often used among British expats.
Calling the Jets "turkeys" is derogatory to turkeys.
Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst says a councillor made a derogatory remark.
Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst says a councillor made a derogatory remark .
Derogatory name for Blood gang member.
Perhaps calling them "sea weed " is a little derogatory.
A Teen Analyzes Today's Derogatory Teen Slang .
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In science:

One is not to interpret the term ‘na¨ıve’ in any derogatory fashion.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Proposition 3. A matrix A ∈ Mn with the fol lowing equivalent properties is cal led non-derogatory.
Discontinuity of the Lempert function and the Kobayashi--Royden metric of the spectral ball
Denote by Cn the set of all non-derogatory matrices in Ωn .
Discontinuity of the Lempert function and the Kobayashi--Royden metric of the spectral ball
The behavior of lΩn is much more complicated when one of the arguments is derogatory.
Discontinuity of the Lempert function and the Kobayashi--Royden metric of the spectral ball
Since the 2 × 2 derogatory matrices are scalar, we also get that the function lΩ2 is not continuous at the point (A, B ) if and only if one of the matrices is scalar, say A, and the other one has two distinct eigenvalues (see ).
Discontinuity of the Lempert function and the Kobayashi--Royden metric of the spectral ball
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