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pejorative

adjective uk   /pɪˈdʒɒr.ə.tɪv/ us    /-ˈdʒɔːr.ə.t̬ɪv/ formal
disapproving or suggesting that something is not good or is of no importance: Make sure students realize that 'fat' is a pejorative word. It comes as quite a shock to still hear a judge describing a child as 'illegitimate', with all the pejorative overtones of that word.Critical and uncomplimentary
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