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pejorative (adj) expressing disapproval or criticism.
A pejorative word is a word of disapproval or criticism. It has a bad connotation. A pejorative reference to a person or an event is a reference meant to ridicule the person or the event. A pejorative meaning expresses an insulting meaning.
- The word, 'nice,' was originally used in the pejorative meaning of 'silly.' Over the time it has acquired the dignified meaning it has now.
- The fans of the star could not tolerate the pejorative reference to him in a film magazine. In protest, they set fire to the copies of the magazine with the critical and scornful remarks about him.