pejorative Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pejorative" in British English

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pejorativeadjective

uk   /pɪˈdʒɒr.ə.tɪv/  us   /-ˈdʒɔːr.ə.t̬ɪv/ formal
expressingdisapproval, or ​suggesting that something is not good or is of no ​importance: Make ​surestudentsrealize that "​fat" is a pejorative word. It comes as ​quite a ​shock to still ​hear a ​judgedescribing a ​child as "​illegitimate", with all the pejorative ​overtones of that word.
(Definition of pejorative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pejorative" in American English

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pejorativeadjective

 us   /pɪˈdʒɔr·ə·t̬ɪv, -ˈdʒɑr-/ fml
insulting, ​disapproving, or ​suggesting that something is not good or is of no ​importance: Is "​Yankee" a pejorative ​term? Note: said of words
(Definition of pejorative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pejorative”
in Spanish Peyorativo…
in Vietnamese miệt thị…
in Malaysian pejoratif…
in Thai ที่วิจารณ์ไปในทางที่ไม่ดี…
in Chinese (Simplified) 贬抑的,贬损的…
in Indonesian pejoratif, buruk…
in Chinese (Traditional) 貶抑的,貶損的…
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