Pejorative

A pejorative (also term of abuse or derogatory term) is a word or grammatical form that connotes negativity and expresses contempt or distaste. A term can be regarded as pejorative in some social or cultural groups but not in others, e.g., hacker is a term used for computer criminals as well as quick and clever computer experts. Sometimes a term may begin as a pejorative and eventually be adopted in a non-pejorative sense in some or all contexts, e.g., "punk" or "dude." In historical linguistics, this phenomenon is known as melioration, or amelioration, reclaiming, or semantic change.

Name slurs can also involve an insulting or disparaging innuendo, rather than being a direct derogatory remark. In some cases, a person's name can be redefined with an unpleasant or insulting meaning, or applied to a group of people considered to be inferior or lower in social class, as a group label with a disparaging meaning. Also, an ethnic slur or racial slur can be used as a pejorative to imply people of those groups are inferior or deficient.

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Pejoratives
... A pejorative (also term of abuse or derogatory term) is a word or grammatical form that connotes negativity and expresses contempt or distaste ... A term can be regarded as pejorative in some social or cultural groups but not in others, e.g ... Sometimes a term may begin as a pejorative and eventually be adopted in a non-pejorative sense in some or all contexts, e.g ...
Eastern Romance People - Word Usage
... and rearing sheep Greek Βλάχοι (Vlákhi/Vláhi) Shepherd (occasionally pejorative)/Romanian/Vlach Bulgarian влах Romanian/Vlach Bulgarian влах man from Wallachia Czech Valach man from Wallachia ...
Pejorative Suffix
... A pejorative suffix is a suffix that attaches a negative meaning to the word or word-stem preceding it ... The pejorative suffix may add the sense of "a despicable example of the preceding," as in Spanish -ejo (see below) ... Examples of the pejorative suffix ...
Schmuck (pejorative)
... Schmuck or shmuck in American English is a pejorative meaning one who is stupid or foolish or an obnoxious, contemptible or detestable person ... from Yiddish, where it has similar pejorative meanings, but its original meaning in Yiddish is penis ...

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    And that is where
    The pejorative sense of fear moves axles.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)