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Word: pejorative

Definition: (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.


Sentences Containing 'pejorative'

"Bicho" (from Latin "bestius ~ bestia"), a pejorative term, is used for an animal of unknown species; in Puerto Rico it also means 'penis'.
"The Expat Harem" metaphor is not intended to be pejorative; the editors aim to replace the negative connotation of the word harem with the positive acknowledgment of the feminine power base and collective wisdom that the harem denizens shared.
Among other issues: Such policies are what are called in France "libéral" (that is, in favour of laissez-faire economic policies) or, with a pejorative undertone, "ultra-libéral".
Barry Rubin argued that the neoconservative label is used as an antisemitic pejorative: Trotskyism allegation.
Certain terms such as "NLF" and "VC" or "NVA" and PAVN" are used interchangeably, and they, along with others used herein such as "Chicom", "Liberation Army", "regime", etc. have no pejorative or partisan intent or meaning.
Despite the British colonialists' pejorative application of the term, Jamaican youth appropriated it as an ingroup designation.
Early feminist theory, for instance, often described society as universally and transhistorically dominated by patriarchy in every aspect of life, thereby presenting a pejorative view of the women they claim to defend.
European Christians once broadly used the word "heathens" to refer to Native Americans, a pejorative term related to their perceived lack of religious beliefs (assumed as they were not Christian).
Exceptions exist: those unable to do magic who are born to magical parents are known as squibs, whereas a witch or wizard born to muggle parents is known as a muggle-born, or by the pejorative "mudblood".
He says, "It is deeply pejorative to call someone a 'climate change denier'.
In engineering and computing, "stovepipe system" is a pejorative term for a system that has the potential to share data or functionality with other systems but which does not.
In the West it is often called the Nestorian Church, due to its historical associations with Nestorianism, though the church itself considers the term pejorative and argues that this association is incorrect. The church declares that no other church has suffered as many martyrdoms as the Assyrian Church of the East. The founders of Assyrian theology were Diodorus of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia, who taught at Antioch.
It and its relatives are also known by the largely pejorative term "Campa".
It is unclear whether it was actually believed that these varieties had been introduced by the Huns, or if the term Hunnic was just used as a pejorative.
Malinchism () or malinchist () is a pejorative term derived from the name of Hernán Cortés's Indian mistress La Malinche which denotes a deep-rooted Mexican inferiority complex expressed in a preference for all things foreign.
Nevertheless, it is generally held in Canada and Greenland that the term "Eskimo" is pejorative.
Once affixes became routinely used as roots and inflected, "um" became a placeholder lexeme, which would take affixes of its own: "umi" "to thingummy", "umilo" "a thingummy tool", "umado" "thingummying" etc. A common popular derivative is "umaĉi" (with pejorative suffix –aĉ–), "to do something fishy".
Placeholder names in the Spanish language might have a pejorative or derogatory feeling to them, depending on the context.
Some of these names were based on French, Spanish, or other European language terminology used by earlier explorers and/or colonists; some resulted from the colonists' attempt to translate endonyms from the native language into their own; and some were pejorative terms arising out of prejudice and fear, during periods of conflict between the cultures involved.
Such terms are often considered pejorative.
The essay is also very prescient because it anticipates the pejorative use of the word wigger in contemporary society to refer to white people who emulate the manner of speech, the fashion styles, or other aspects of the expressive culture of African Americans.
The pejorative verb "grandstanding" is often applied to politicians or other public figures perceived to be using tactics designed to call attention to themselves instead of the issues.
The Saiva saints considered the Jain monks as their primary competitors for royal and social patronage, and they tried to use pejorative characterisations to diminish Jainism.
The term is subjective and tends to be used in a pejorative sense, as it implies that such a change is being implemented (often by management on its employees, with little or no input from them) solely because it is (at the time) "popular" within managerial circles, and not necessarily due to any real need for organizational change.
The term is usually considered pejorative, though it is sometimes embraced.
There is an alternate official term for the Internet Commentator, as well as several unofficial terms coined by netizens for them: Among those names, "50 Cent Party" (五毛党) is the most common and pejorative unofficial term.
They were all condemned with the pejorative term of carpetbagger.
This is often used in a pejorative sense, however (as in "nickname for a greedy or rapacious person, from Middle High and Middle Low German "gir(e)" as in ‘large bird of prey’, ‘vulture’").
To date, the show has not specified whether the character's name is actually Loogie, such that the "Luigi" reference is a "nod" or "nonce usage", or whether instead his given name is Luigi and the appellation "Loogie" is a (likely pejorative) nickname.

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