Definition of pejorative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    pejorative

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//pɪˈdʒɔrət̮ɪv//
     
    , NAmE//pɪˈdʒɑrət̮ɪv//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1a word or remark that is pejorative expresses disapproval or criticism synonym derogatory
  2. 2 I'm using the word “academic” here in a pejorative sense.
pejoratively
 
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adverb “Housewife” is often used pejoratively.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pejorative