pejoration

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin peior (worse), +‎ -ation

Noun[edit]

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pejoration (countable and uncountable, plural pejorations)

  1. The act or process of becoming worse; worsening or degeneration.
  2. (linguistics) The process by which a word acquires a more negative meaning over time.
    • 2014, James Lambert, “A Much Tortured Expression: A New Look At `Hobson-Jobson'”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 27, number 1, page 58:
      Nagle explains that the contemporary disapproval of the title is due to a multilayered pejoration inherent in the term Hobson-Jobson.

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