Definition of derogatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɒɡət(ə)ri/


Showing a critical or disrespectful attitude: she tells me I’m fat and is always making derogatory remarks
More example sentences
  • The people who made the derogatory remarks were a group whose tongues may have been loosened by drink.
  • I was disappointed that he had to resort to derogatory and intolerant remarks to try to be funny.
  • People have lost their jobs over derogatory remarks made in blogs, but can you be sued for libel or defamation?
disparaging, denigratory, belittling, diminishing, slighting, deprecatory, depreciatory, depreciative, detracting, deflating;
disrespectful, demeaning, discrediting, dishonouring;
critical, pejorative, negative, unfavourable, disapproving, uncomplimentary, unflattering, insulting;
offensive, personal, abusive, vituperative, rude, spiteful, nasty, mean;
hurtful, damaging, injurious;
defamatory, slanderous, libellous, scurrilous, calumnious, calumniatory, vilifying, traducing
informal mud-slinging, bitchy, catty
archaic contumelious



Example sentences
  • Many of the incomers (or ‘white settlers’, as they are sometimes derogatorily known) are seeking a better quality of life away from the big cities.
  • Roma, derogatorily known as gypsies, have lived in Eastern Europe since about 1300.
  • This is why serious astrologers shrink away from what is somewhat derogatorily referred to as ‘sun-sign astrology‘.


Early 16th century (in the sense 'impairing in force or effect'): from late Latin derogatorius, from derogat- 'abrogated', from the verb derogare (see derogate).

Words that rhyme with derogatory

interrogatory, supererogatory

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Line breaks: de¦roga|tory

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