Example sentences for: pejoration

How can you use “pejoration” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Because dictionary users became accustomed to seeing words and senses of which they disapproved (in formal contexts) bearing the Colloquial label, the word colloquial began to undergo pejoration itself.

  • Coarse has undergone a thorough pejoration; once it began to be used for people, in the sense of `unrefined' or `indelicate,' full stigmatization was probably guaranteed.

  • Terms such as toilet and lavatory have, like privy , undergone pejoration over the years (that is, their meanings have acquired depreciatory connotations).

  • Vulgar , which really means no more than `unrefined,' is rarely encountered in modern dictionaries as a label because people have taken to designating four-letter words as vulgar, illustrating the semantic process known as pejoration `depreciation,' the opposite of melioration . Today we should probably consider labeling Great!

  • Certainly, to critique fills a gap left by the pejoration of criticize , and in any event is not new, having appeared in 1751.


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