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pejorative

(pĭ-jawr′ă-tĭv) (pē″jă-rā′tĭv) [L. pejor, worse]
1. Tending to become or make worse.
2. Disparaging or belittling.
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In the early church, followers of Rabbi Christ the lawbreaker were known not as Christians--originally a term of derision first used in 70 A.
The atmospheric, unfocused imagery of Symbolist poetry eventually came to be seen as overrefined and affected, and the term decadent, which the Symbolists had once flaunted, became with others a term of derision denoting mere fin-de-siecle preciosity.
The grotesque of the modern period, as our use of the word as a term of derision attests, represents rejection, exile, and abnormality.
It was another example of the "stupid English money" first referred to by the German media and now a commonly used Europe-wide term of derision.
That is no longer merely a term of derision in Scotland but an accepted term for another youth group who sometimes turn up in their shellsuits but are more `at home' in the schemes.
The latter is almost a term of derision, a pat put-down about anyone who has an idea beyond the Book of Common Prayer.