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pejorative

Syllabification: pe·jo·ra·tive
Pronunciation: /pəˈjôrədiv
 
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Definition of pejorative in English:

adjective

Expressing contempt or disapproval: "permissiveness" is used almost universally as a pejorative term
More example sentences
  • Politically active conservative Christians rarely use the term dominionism as a self-description; many feel it is a loaded or pejorative term.
  • The individual may be classified as incomplete, immature, or by other pejorative terms which detract from his dignity.
  • Any discussion about the high number of family breakdowns is seen as a threat to the family unit itself - unless it is couched in pejorative terms.
Synonyms

noun

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A word expressing contempt or disapproval.
Example sentences
  • I have used pejoratives such as ‘scientific whores’ to describe those responsible for the study because I am angry and I want people to know it.
  • That last comment by Bud is not the true Bud because the true Bud deals with arguments in a professional manner and does not employ pejoratives to make his points.
  • The selection of these pejoratives tells us a good deal, as does the near-universal acceptance by the mass media of the associated vernacular.

Origin

late 19th century: from French péjoratif, -ive, from late Latin pejorare 'make worse', from Latin pejor 'worse'.

Derivatives

pejoratively

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adverb
Example sentences
  • All employ the services of what we pejoratively call ‘spin doctors’, to try to ensure that their particular point of view gets a full airing in the media, hopefully to the exclusion of less favourable accounts.
  • ‘Bias’ is usually used pejoratively; I would use it to mean reporting news in a way that is in fact slanted, while purporting to report it neutrally.
  • She too does not address it, though she does refer pejoratively to ‘boilerplate’ form contracts.

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