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

 

pejorative

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɔːrətɪv//
 
, NAmE//ˈdʒɑːrətɪv//
 
(formal)
 
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a word or remark that is pejorative expresses disapproval or criticism synonym derogatory I'm using the word ‘academic’ here in a pejorative sense. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from French péjoratif, -ive, from late Latin pejorare ‘make worse’, from Latin pejor ‘worse’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pejorative