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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Late Latin
Origin: pejoratus, past participle of pejorare 'to make worse', from Latin pejor 'worse'

pejorative

adjective
     
pe‧jo‧ra‧tive formal
a word or expression that is pejorative is used to show disapproval or to insult someone:
For hard-line Republicans, the word 'liberal' had become a pejorative term.
pejoratively adverb

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