Definition of derogatory in English:

derogatory

Line breaks: de¦roga|tory
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɒgət(ə)ri
 
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adjective

Derivatives

derogatorily

adverb
More 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‘.

Origin

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

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