Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Derogatory'
adj : expressive of low opinion; "derogatory comments";
"disparaging remarks about the new house" [syn: derogative,
- 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.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Derogatory'
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").[See more about Derogatory at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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