Definition of derogatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈrɒɡətri//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈrɑːɡətɔːri//
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showing a critical attitude towards somebody synonym insulting derogatory remarks/comments She indicated by her tone that this was only her private opinion and in no way derogatory of Colonel Ferguson. Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘damaging in force or effect’): from late Latin derogatorius, from derogat- ‘abrogated’, from the verb derogare, from de- ‘aside, away’ + rogare ‘ask’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: derogatory