derogatory


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derogatory

adjective belittling, calumniatory, calumnious, censorious, condemnatory, contumelious, defamatory, denunciatory, deprecatory, depreciative, detracting, detractory, disapprobatory, disapproving, discrediting, disdainful, dishonoring, disparaging, faultfinding, injurious, lessening, libelous, objurgatory, slanderous, slighting, uncomplimentary, unflattering
Associated concepts: derogatory statements
Foreign phrases: Quae legi communi derogant stricte innerpretantur.Those things which derogate from the common law are strictly interpreted. Quae legi communi derooant non sunt trahenda in exemplum. Those things which derogate from the common law are not to be drawn into precedent.
See also: bad, calumnious, contemptuous, critical, cynical, disgraceful, libelous, offensive, pejorative, unfavorable
References in classic literature ?
Yes,' answered I; internally adding, 'and I thought it somewhat derogatory to his dignity as a clergyman to come flying from the pulpit in such eager haste to shake hands with the squire, and hand his wife and daughters into their carriage: and, moreover, I owe him a grudge for nearly shutting me out of it'; for, in fact, though I was standing before his face, close beside the carriage steps, waiting to get in, he would persist in putting them up and closing the door, till one of the family stopped him by calling out that the governess was not in yet; then, without a word of apology, he departed, wishing them good-morning, and leaving the footman to finish the business.
He made a call upon her pity and tenderness that no one had ever made before, and the pity was not so much derogatory of him as maternal in her.
sees anything derogatory to her in attempting to break off the marriage?
Nor did she say a single derogatory word concerning any portion of mankind.
For persons are love's world, and the coldest philosopher cannot recount the debt of the young soul wandering here in nature to the power of love, without being tempted to unsay, as treasonable to nature, aught derogatory to the social instincts.
Among these latter, the act of eating, which hath by several wise men been considered as extremely mean and derogatory from the philosophic dignity, must be in some measure performed by the greatest prince, heroe, or philosopher upon earth; nay, sometimes Nature hath been so frolicsome as to exact of these dignified characters a much more exorbitant share of this office than she hath obliged those of the lowest order to perform.
And this new boy would most likely never go out of the close, and would be afraid of wet feet, and always getting laughed at, and called Molly, or Jenny, or some derogatory feminine nickname.
Just as Levin had disliked all the trivial preparations for his wedding, as derogatory to the grandeur of the event, now he felt still more offensive the preparations for the approaching birth, the date of which they reckoned, it seemed, on their fingers.
Therefore, my dear, he--ha--he laid his parental injunctions upon her, to remember that she was a lady, who had now to conduct herself with--hum--a proper pride, and to preserve the rank of a lady; and consequently he requested her to abstain from doing what would occasion--ha--unpleasant and derogatory remarks.
The establishment boasted four: we do not record the circumstance as at all derogatory to Mrs.
The loved up Aussie - who met'Toyboy' derogatory to both I would to nuke word 27-year-old Josh when they filmed US series Galavant together in September - says she "wouldn't like to say" if he's The One, but adds: "He's so lovely and interesting.
Unhappy with this forced change, the boys scheme to convince the other students to vote for one of two new options, each an intentionally derogatory term frequently used in the American vernacular when mocking or demeaning an individual.