Though it was supposed to be proper for them to have an occupation, the crude fact of money-making was still regarded as derogatory, and the law, being a profession, was accounted a more gentlemanly pursuit than business.
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It is unacceptable to use derogatory terms to reference a race or ethnicity.
She made a number of derogatory comments and left the meeting.