Definition of derogatory in English:

derogatory

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Translate derogatory into Spanish

adjective

  • Showing a critical or disrespectful attitude.

    ‘she tells me I'm fat and is always making derogatory remarks’
    • ‘The people who made the derogatory remarks were a group whose tongues may have been loosened by drink.’
    • ‘I was disappointed that he had to resort to derogatory and intolerant remarks to try to be funny.’
    • ‘People have lost their jobs over derogatory remarks made in blogs, but can you be sued for libel or defamation?’
    • ‘A nightclub boss has been suspended following an allegation over a racially derogatory remark.’
    • ‘They sang rebel songs and made the odd derogatory remark about the yeomen.’
    • ‘I would also ask her to listen carefully, and not to dismiss you with derogatory remarks.’
    • ‘Much urban music is plagued by an attitude towards women and gay people that is derogatory.’
    • ‘I find the consistently derogatory comments about the people who ride motorcycles totally unacceptable.’
    • ‘Secondly, irritating, defamatory and derogatory comments left at this site by visitors will be deleted.’
    • ‘The use of slang has been common among doctors for years, despite official disapproval of derogatory terms.’
    • ‘Peers often hold back and may refer to the gifted person in derogatory terms.’
    • ‘Buying the best talent around and then making derogatory remarks about other professionals is a swift route to antagonism.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, this choice of discipline might have attracted derogatory remarks.’
    • ‘And bear in mind I mean no disrespect and that the term used is definitely not derogatory in any way.’
    • ‘Why should you and I be forced to suffer repeated use of a derogatory professional insult?’
    • ‘Almost every reference to them employs demeaning and derogatory stereotypes.’
    • ‘He said that we could not refer to groups of people in derogatory terms.’
    • ‘People stood on platforms, violently gesticulating and calling each other derogatory names.’
    • ‘Some time ago on this site I made some derogatory comments about birds.’
    • ‘I could only make out my name and from her tone of voice I realized that it was used in derogatory terms.’
    disparaging, denigratory, belittling, diminishing, slighting, deprecatory, depreciatory, depreciative, detracting, deflating
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Pronunciation

derogatory

/dəˈräɡəˌtôrē/ /dəˈrɑɡəˌtɔri/

Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘impairing in force or effect’): from late Latin derogatorius, from derogat- ‘abrogated’, from the verb derogare (see derogate).