pejorate

pejorate
verb /ˈpiːdʒəɹeɪt,ˈpɛdʒəɹeɪt/
To make worse; to deteriorate or to worsen.
See Also: pejorist

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  • pejorate — pe·jo·rate …   English syllables

  • pejorate — /ˈpɛdʒəreɪt/ (say pejuhrayt) verb (t) (pejorated, pejorating) to make worse; deteriorate. –pejoration /pɛdʒəˈreɪʃən/ (say pejuh rayshuhn), noun …   Australian-English dictionary

  • pejorate —   v.t. depreciate; worsen.    ♦ pejoration, n. change for worse.    ♦ pejorative, n. & a. disparaging (word or suffix, etc.) …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • pejorate — ˈpejəˌrāt, ˈpēj , usu ād.+V transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Late Latin pejoratus, past participle of pejorare to become worse, make worse : to make worse : depreciate …   Useful english dictionary

  • decay — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. decomposition, deterioration, disintegration, dilapidation, putrefaction, rot, caries. v. i. rot, putrefy, mortify; disintegrate. See oldness, uncleanness. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A progressive… …   English dictionary for students

  • pejorative — depreciative, disparaging, 1882, from Fr. péjoratif (fem. péjorative), from L.L. pejoratus, pp. of pejorare make worse, from L. pejor worse, related to pessimus worst, pessum downward, to the ground. English had a verb pejorate to worsen from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • decay — [n] breaking down, collapse adulteration, atrophy, blight, caries, consumption, corrosion, crumbling, decadence, decline, decomposition, decrease, decrepitude, degeneracy, degeneration, depreciation, deterioration, dilapidation, disintegration,… …   New thesaurus

  • pe´jo|ra´tive|ly — pe|jo|ra|tive «PEE juh RAY tihv; pih JR uh , JOR », adjective, noun. –adj. 1. tending to make worse; disparaging; depreciatory: »Throughout all the changes of religion, social and political constitution, and rulers, the real mistress of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pe|jo|ra|tive — «PEE juh RAY tihv; pih JR uh , JOR », adjective, noun. –adj. 1. tending to make worse; disparaging; depreciatory: »Throughout all the changes of religion, social and political constitution, and rulers, the real mistress of the Greeks has been… …   Useful english dictionary

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