Meaning of derogatory

de•rog•a•to•ry

Pronunciation: (di-rog'u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
— adj.
  1. tending to lessen the merit or reputation of a person or thing; disparaging; depreciatory: a derogatory remark.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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