Derogatory

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Derogatory Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    derogatory adj : expressive of low opinion; "derogatory comments"; "disparaging remarks about the new house" [syn: derogative, disparaging]
Derogatory Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Derogatory \De*rog"a*to*ry\, a. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; -- with from to, or unto. Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not. --Blackstone. His language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their other. --Macaulay. Derogatory clause in a testament (Law), a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; -- a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion.
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Pejoratives (or terms of abuse) are words or grammatical forms that denote a negative effect; that is, they express the contempt or distaste of the speaker. Sometimes a term may begin as a pejorative word and eventually be adopted in a non-pejorative sense. In historical linguistics, this phenomenon is known as melioration, or amelioration, or semantic change (e.g., "punk"). Within some social groups, a particular term is still regarded as being a pejorative, whereas the term is not deemed as such within another social group elsewhere (e.g., "hacker").

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