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Definition expressing disrespect or criticism
  • It is unacceptable to use derogatory terms to reference a race or ethnicity.
derogatory = disrespectful
  • She made a number of derogatory comments and left the meeting.
  • derogatory = critical
  • The candidate said she did not intend the comments in a derogatory manner.
  • derogatory = expressing disrespect or criticism
  • He had drawn a derogatory statement from George.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • derogatory = expressing disrespect or criticism
  • 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
  • The establishment boasted four: we do not record the circumstance as at all derogatory to Mrs.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club
  • Which there is nothing derogatory, but far from it in the appellation.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • sees anything derogatory to her in attempting to break off the marriage?
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The New Magdalen
  • Besides, it seemed to him that the society of women was rather derogatory to his manhood.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Mr. Holabird's statement is not only crass and derogatory, it is totally without merit and slanders my clients.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • He must have thought it derogatory to bring bread-and-butter alone, nor was it Manderley routine.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Bar-Ã rabo is derogatory wordplay.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • When one derogates there are no degrees.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Go on—without derogatory comments about people of my profession, please.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • 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
  • 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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