pejorative

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pejorative expressing disapproval "dyslogistic terms like `nitwit' and `scalawag'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pejorative Implying or imputing evil; depreciatory; disparaging; unfavorable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pejorative Tending or intended to depreciate or deteriorate, as the sense of a word; giving a low or bad sense to.
    • n pejorative In grammar, a word that depreciates or deteriorates the sense: thus, poetaster is a pejorative of poet, criticaster of critic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. péjoratif, fr. L. pejor, used as compar. of malus, evil

Usage

In literature:

With his wings he made a pejorative click the way people use their tongues when they shake their heads.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
Inter tot mille volumina vix unus a cujus lectione quis melior evadat, immo potius non pejor.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
This is a pejorative suffix.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
Adeo libenter volo a te occidi in Anglia, sicut a Saracenis in Syria, quia tu omni Saraceno pejor es.
"The History of the Knights Templars, the Temple Church, and the Temple" by Charles G. Addison
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In news:

For a long time, the word "alarmist" appeared regularly in the arsenal of right-wing pejoratives.
Pejorative words have often been the phrases of preference for Washington State coach Mike Leach when describing his players during this dismal season.
"Pink slime" is the pejorative nickname given to what the food industry calls "lean finely textured beef".
Democrats Embrace Once Pejorative 'Obamacare' Tag.
Brazil is suing Houaiss and its publisher for printing " pejorative and prejudiced" definitions of gypsy after other dictionary companies have agreed to alter their outdated texts.
Brazil is suing Houaiss and its publisher for printing "pejorative and prejudiced " definitions of gypsy after other dictionary companies have agreed to alter their outdated texts.
Indie soft-rocker (that's not pejorative, we like her.
Scammell has provided us with a wide ranging survey of Yugoslavia's troubles, but he has made one error which has led him to be unfairly pejorative about Serb attitudes towards Kosovo.
Wikileaks, Anonymous, and identity thieves have made the label "hacker" something of a pejorative in modern society.
In somewhat pejorative terms, that gorilla's name is Entitlement.
The report is careful, singling out only the instances of terms like "insane" and "unsound mind" that are clearly pejorative, leaving intact certain usages—in criminal statutes, for example—where they carry specific meanings .
He spends a few paragraphs detailing a practice I've noted before as well, treating the term " protectionist " as a pejorative without reason or explanation.
Some self-declared rednecks celebrate what to others is a pejorative term that conjures up the sunburned necks of farm workers who spent their days in the field.
To say a work of art shocks for shock 's sake is often a pejorative statement.
Pink slime is a nickname (though some argue that the term is pejorative) for the mechanically processed meat product officially known as lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT).
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In science:

In the U.S. system, one-party control is described pejoratively by some as undermining the system of checks and balances designed to limit the power of government, or at least the speed with which it affects sweeping change.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Notes: Only nine papers cited the above ten papers spanning twenty-five years. Two of the nine were published in Current Science. Citations in37 were at the suggestion of Hans E. Suess and in34 at the suggestion of Hatten S. Yoder, Jr. Citation in35 was pejorative and without basis.
Background for Terrestrial Antineutrino Investigations: Scientific Basis of Knowledge on the Composition of the Deep Interior of the Earth
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