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Definitioncritical — especially from word connotations
- I prefer the word Roma, as I consider Gypsy to be pejorative.
- It was a purely pejorative term, whose logical contribution to the sentence was nil.Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
- The man was very offended when he realized that the word his colleague had used to describe him had pejorative connotations.
- And had used the term in a pejorative sense?Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
- I'm a WASP, and 'blondie fruits' is but one more pejorative description given us by, I must admit, other trampled-upon minorities.Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Ultimatum
- It might have been a pejorative label, but it was all they had.Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
- I don't mean to sound pejorative.Meg Cabot -- Queen of Babble
- John Simon is perfectly happy to be called an elitist, regretting that it has become a pejorative word: "All it means is making good choices.Robert MacNeil and William Crane -- Do You Speak American?
- Back then, Clarkston was sometimes called Goatsville, perhaps because goats were used to keep grass low by the tracks, perhaps as a pejorative by city folks—no one seems quite sure.Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
- It was drifting, all right, but not drifting in any nasty pejorative sense, like a waterlogged old skiff drifting in a horsepond or a cake of soap in the gray water before you pull the plug in the bathtub.Robert Penn Warren -- All the King's Men
- The later conventional use of the term "Säpo" was actually something that the potentially subversive communist publication Clarté had coined as a pejorative name for the communist-hunters within the police force.Stieg Larsson -- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
- "Mentally retarded is a pejorative term," Ron Stone replied evenly.Kim Edwards -- The Memory Keeper's Daughter
- I lived among newly christened members of what folks back home pejoratively call the "elites," and by every outward appearance, I was one of them: I am a tall, white, straight male.J.D. Vance -- Hillbilly Elegy
- And although the word certainly can be used pejoratively, even when—or particularly when—a sense of wicked adventure is bound up with genuine fear, if we give it a little thought this much at least becomes clear: that a great many things gather (or, as Hans Castorp the engineer would have said, "accumulate") in the soul of a young person, of a young man who has lived for years as this young man had; and then comes a day when something elemental erupts in a fierce, impatient cry of "Oh,...Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
pejorative = disparaging (critical)