C19: from French péjoratif, from Late Latin pējōrātus, past participle of pējōrāre to make worse, from Latin pēior worse
pejorative for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (pədʒɒrətɪv, US -dʒɔːr-)
graded adjective & adjective
A pejorative word or expression is one that expressescriticism of someone or something. [formal] ⇒ I agree I am ambitious, and I don't see that as a pejorative term. ⇒ Isn't there a suggestion that 'poetess' is slightly pejorative?
Like those... he fumbled unsuccessfully tor a word to describe the Domers that was sufficiently pejorative.Tepper, Sheri S. A PLAGUE OF ANGELS"It's a pejorative term," she felt duty-bound to point out.Susan Elizabeth Phillips LADY BE GOOD