derogatory

  • 1derogatory — derogatory, depreciatory, depreciative, disparaging, slighting, pejorative mean designed or tending to belittle. Derogatory may be used of one s own action or activity that tends to detract from his reputation or to lower him in the estimation of …

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  • 2derogatory — de*rog a*to*ry, a. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing a low opinion; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; with from, to, or unto. Syn: belittling, depreciative, deprecatory, depreciatory, derogatory, detractive,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3derogatory — I adjective belittling, calumniatory, calumnious, censorious, condemnatory, contumelious, defamatory, denunciatory, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, detracting, detractory, disapprobatory, disapproving, discrediting, disdainful,… …

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  • 4derogatory — c.1500, from L.L. derogatorius, from L. derogatus, pp. of derogare to take away, detract from, diminish, also repeal partly, restrict, modify, from de away (see DE (Cf. de )) + rogare ask, question, propose (see ROGATION (Cf. rogation)) …

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  • 5derogatory — [adj] offensive, uncomplimentary aspersing, belittling, calumnious, censorious, contumelious, critical, damaging, decrying, defamatory, degrading, demeaning, deprecatory, depreciative, despiteful, detracting, disdainful, dishonoring, disparaging …

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  • 6derogatory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing a critical or disrespectful attitude. DERIVATIVES derogatorily adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7derogatory — [di räg′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [L derogatorius: see DEROGATE] 1. tending to lessen or impair; detracting 2. disparaging; belittling: Also derogative derogatorily adv …

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  • 8derogatory — 1. adjective /dɪˈɹɒɡətɹi,dɪˈɹɑɡətɔɹi/ 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. –. b) When… …

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  • 9derogatory — adj. derogatory of, to, towards * * * [dɪ rɒgət(ə)rɪ] to towards towards derogatory of …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10derogatory — de|rog|a|to|ry [dıˈrɔgətəri US dıˈra:gəto:ri] adj derogatory remarks, attitudes etc are insulting and disapproving ▪ Their conversation contained a number of derogatory racial remarks …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11derogatory — [[t]dɪrɒ̱gətri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you make a derogatory remark or comment about someone or something, you express your low opinion of them. He refused to withdraw derogatory remarks made about his boss …

    English dictionary

  • 12derogatory — adjective insulting and disapproving: derogatory remark/comment/term etc: Many gay men still regard queer as a very derogatory term. derogatorily adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13derogatory — adj. (often foll. by to) involving disparagement or discredit; insulting, depreciatory (made a derogatory remark; derogatory to my position). Derivatives: derogatorily adv. Etymology: LL derogatorius (as DEROGATE) …

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  • 14derogatory — adjective Date: circa 1503 1. detracting from the character or standing of something often used with to, towards, or of 2. expressive of a low opinion ; disparaging < derogatory remarks > • derog …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15derogatory — derogatorily, adv. derogatoriness, n. /di rog euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory: a derogatory remark. [1495 1505; < LL derogatorius cursing, equiv. to deroga(re)&#8230; …

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  • 16derogatory — adj. Derogatory is used with these nouns: ↑comment, ↑connotation, ↑remark, ↑term …

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  • 17derogatory — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. depreciative, disparaging, defamatory, humiliating. See disrepute, detraction. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. belittling, disparaging, slighting, dishonoring, deprecatory, depreciatory, denigrating,&#8230; …

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  • 18derogatory — de|rog|a|to|ry [ dı ragə,tɔri ] adjective showing that you have a bad opinion of something or someone, usually in an insulting way: a derogatory remark …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19derogatory — adjective a derogatory remark Syn: disparaging, denigratory, deprecatory, disrespectful, demeaning; critical, pejorative, negative, unfavorable, uncomplimentary, unflattering, insulting; offensive, personal, abusive, rude, nasty, mean …

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  • 20derogatory — UK [dɪˈrɒɡət(ə)rɪ] / US [dɪˈrɑɡəˌtɔrɪ] adjective showing that you have a bad opinion of something or someone, usually in an insulting way a derogatory remark …

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