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EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin dērogātōrius, from Latin dērogāre; corresponding to derogate +‎ -ory.

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derogatory (comparative more derogatory, superlative most derogatory)

  1. (usually with to) Tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Blackstone.
      Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay.
      His language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their other.
  2. (law, of a clause in a testament) Being or pertaining to a derogatory clause.

Usage notesEdit

In common language, particularly used in the phrase “derogatory term”, where it is equivalent to less common pejorative, and in “derogatory statements”, equivalent to more casual offensive.

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NounEdit

derogatory (plural derogatories)

  1. A trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.

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