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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.
  • He had drawn a derogatory statement from George.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • The driver yelled something derogatory about my mother as his horse’s flank brushed my chest, leaving hoof prints and a wheel track just inches from my toes.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • They’re called shells, which is a slightly derogatory connotation on Luna, so …. well, bioelectrically challenged doesn’t sound much better, does it?"
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Had ye been wi’ Colum, you’d likely have been safe enough, Sassenach or no." The term "Sassenach," spoken in its usual derogatory sense, suddenly struck me with a sense of desperate longing for the man who called me so in affection.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Besides, it seemed to him that the society of women was rather derogatory to his manhood.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He must have thought it derogatory to bring bread-and-butter alone, nor was it Manderley routine.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I suppose there is something in a woman’s nature that makes a man free to break down before her and express his feelings on the tender or emotional side without feeling it derogatory to his manhood.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Dry up in her the organs of increase; And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honour her!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear

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  • There was not an organ of his body that had not been drugged and derogated, dusted and dredged, fingered and photographed, removed, plundered and replaced.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • To have imposed any derogatory work upon him, would have been to inflict a wanton insult on the feelings of a most respectable man.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Besides, in derogatory comments upon anyone against whom they have a grudge, or for any reason or no reason mislike, sailors are much like landsmen; they are apt to exaggerate or romance it.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • But then I do not mean to imply anything derogatory about Mr Farraday; he is, after all, an American gentleman and his ways are often very different.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • It is a new circumstance in romance, I acknowledge, and dreadfully derogatory of an heroine’s dignity; but if it be as new in common life, the credit of a wild imagination will at least be all my own.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • But that didn’t fit because DeWeese wasn’t a derogatory kind of person at all.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • 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.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • And it need not detract from the other by one iota as, being his own master, he would have heaps of time to practise literature in his spare moments when desirous of so doing without its clashing with his vocal career or containing anything derogatory whatsoever as it was a matter for himself alone.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • 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.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He neither derogated from his own dignity, nor gave offence to others; he vouchsafed a passing smile at the seminary Latin, and stood up for his bishop; drank two small glasses of wine, but refused a third; accepted a cigar from Arkady, but did not proceed to smoke it, saying he would take it home with him.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • …that he was doing wrong in rigging himself out in that fashion, as it was an indecorous thing for a priest to dress himself that way even though much might depend upon it; and saying so to the barber he begged him to change dresses, as it was fitter he should be the distressed damsel, while he himself would play the squire’s part, which would be less derogatory to his dignity; otherwise he was resolved to have nothing more to do with the matter, and let the devil take Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I was dubbed the Black Pimpernel, a somewhat derogatory adaptation of Baroness Orczy’s fictional character the Scarlet Pimpernel, who daringly evaded capture during the French Revolution.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Which there is nothing derogatory, but far from it in the appellation," says Mr. Snagsby, breaking off with a mistrust that he may have unpolitely asserted a kind of proprietorship in Mr. Weevle, "because I have known writers that have gone into brewers’ houses and done really very respectable indeed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • 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.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Then they pray that God may give them an easy passage at last to Himself, not presuming to set limits to Him, how early or late it should be; but, if it may be wished for without derogating from His supreme authority, they desire to be quickly delivered, and to be taken to Himself, though by the most terrible kind of death, rather than to be detained long from seeing Him by the most prosperous course of life.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • "Objection sustained," ruled Oberwaltzer, although at the time in Jephson’s pocket was a letter from Francis X. Squires, formerly captain of the bell-hops of the Green-Davidson at the time Clyde was there, in which he explained that apart from the one incident in connection with the purloined automobile, he knew nothing derogatory to Clyde; and that always previously, he had found him prompt, honest, willing, alert and well-mannered.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Bar-Ă rabo is derogatory wordplay.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Used to derogatory comments, Eve ran her fingers through it.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Go on—without derogatory comments about people of my profession, please.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • When one derogates there are no degrees.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Very abstract, abstruse, or subtle: often used derogatorily of reasoning.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Eugene felt his face growing pointed with derogatory, yet pitying, truly pitying sounds.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Mr. Holabird’s statement is not only crass and derogatory, it is totally without merit and slanders my clients.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • When Mom mentioned Jackson Pollock once, Lucy Jo said that she had Polish blood and therefore did not appreciate Mom using derogatory names for Polish people.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Seated across a table from Washington, Paterson assured him that Lord Howe did not mean to "derogate from the respect or rank of General Washington."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • But why was it the prettiest half-caste girls—the killis, as they were often called, though the term was derogatory—put on this air of being above it all and bored?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She could do whatever her hands were doing without having to stop talking; and she could speak in a wonderfully derogatory way with any number of pins stuck in her mouth.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • One derogatory nickname for Johnson is "Uncle Cornpone," as if he were some irrelevant hick instead of the man who got Kennedy elected in 1960 by carrying the Deep South.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He’s going up the keyboard with a few fingers in some very derogatory triplet-routine, he gets higher and higher, and then he looks over the end of the piano, as if over a cliff.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Thus the reference "Been yet not been" was a derogatory line in a longer drow tale, a secret joke on their hated cousins who had lost thousands to a creature they denied even existed.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • While their romance lasted, the King of the Pressure Cookers would come to call for Blanca and take her out to eat in the most exclusive restaurants; he drove a tiny car with only two seats, tractor tires, and the noise of a turbine under the hood, a unique model in its class, which provoked a rush of curiosity among the neighbors and derogatory remarks from the Trueba family.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • …them against those violent and oppressive factions which embitter the blessings of liberty, and against those military establishments which must gradually poison its very fountain; if, in a word, the Union be essential to the happiness of the people of America, is it not preposterous, to urge as an objection to a government, without which the objects of the Union cannot be attained, that such a government may derogate from the importance of the governments of the individual States?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Besides, unless His Majesty the Emperor derogates from the principle of our alliance….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Eugene felt his face growing pointed with derogatory, yet pitying, truly pitying sounds.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • There were six people and a Scotch terrier inhabiting the remote farmhouse Major Major called home, and five of them and the Scotch terrier turned out to be agents for the F.B.I. Soon they had enough derogatory information on Major Major to do whatever they wanted to with him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • With professional motions, which looked so much like showing off, and yet were so derogatory, she was shaking it down.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Nor did she say a single derogatory word concerning any portion of mankind.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne’s House of Dreams
  • To have imposed any derogatory work upon him, would have been to inflict a wanton insult on the feelings of a most respectable man.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
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