NounPejorative (plural Pejoratives)
abusive, back-biting, belittling, bitchy, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, censorious, contemptuous, contumelious, defamatory, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derisive, derisory, derogative, derogatory, detracting, detractory, disadvantageous, disparaging, libelous, minimizing, ridiculing, scandalous, scurrile, scurrilous, slanderous, slighting, uncomplimentary, vilifying
French 1882 péjorative (“depreciative, disparaging”) < Late Latin peioratus, past participle of peiorare (“make worse”) < Latin peior (“worse”). Compare English 1644 pejorate (“to worsen”), from the same etymology.
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- “Pejorative” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001