Pejorative language is any language that portrays someone or something in a negative light, no matter whether it is intended to be disparaging and derogatory, contemptuous or disapproving, belittling or offensive, or even abusive. It’s anything that makes someone or something look bad.

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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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Offensive single-noun term for “indecisive person”

I'm looking for an offensive single-noun term for "indecisive person," preferably short and cutting. Something along the lines of "nitwit" for "foolish person"; but now instead of "foolish," try ...
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someone who tricks you to hate someone else

What is the term for a person who hurts himself but makes you think someone else did it so that you hate that other person?
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Word for a guest insulting the host

Very often in movies there are guests that insult their host or cause grief to their host on purpose or by just being clumsy for whatever reason, is there a word for such people? in either good or bad ...
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Word for someone who acts like an expert but who has very little knowledge?

What is a word to describe an individual who acts like an expert in a subject area, constantly stating facts and correcting people, but who actually has very little knowledge on the subject?
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Describe someone who doesn't want anything better to happen to anyone else

I'm looking for a one (two might be ok) word description for a person who doesn't want anyone else to have a better life than himself. This is the type of person who will break your crayon on purpose ...
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What do I call it when my wife regularly attends to her own wants and desires, seldom considering me? [closed]

My wife regularly attends to her own wants and desires seldom considering me. As an example, she will buy special snacks for her knowing I enjoy them also but neither buy anything for me nor offer me ...
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the phrase “to love to complain” is very common - is there one word that means this?

For example, schadenfreude is the pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.. I'm sure that someone's love of the act of complaining is encapsulated in one word, but I don't know ...
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What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?

I cannot find the right words or expression or idiom to describe a person who borrows something from someone but will not return it to its owner. Also, I would like to know the word that describes a ...
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Word for Powerless Position?

Is there a word for someone who holds a position but they have no real power, they just merely have the title but not the power or privileges that come with it? I'm looking for a word with a negative ...
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What do you call someone who does not appreciate a beautiful garden?

I know there is a word for this kind of person, but I can't remember it. What kind of person would buy a house with a beautiful garden in the back, and replace it with grass? A lush garden with ...
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Term to define a specific tactic used when engaged in an argument

As a tactic to "win" an argument, when one party has accepted responsibility for a specific action, the insatiable second party repeatedly finds/adds/remembers another infraction for the first party ...
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Word for someone who is jovial, but malicious?

I'm working on designing characters for a game, and the main group of villains consists of characters that have a two-word epithet in the form "The ___" where the word in the blank describes their ...
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I need a word that describes a person who is hard to love

Example: "It's not that I hate you, but rather that you're just a __________ person." I'm looking for a word that means 'hard to love' when referring to unconditional love for a family member.
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Word for someone who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it

What is called a person who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it. For example a short person who scorn someone for being short.
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What do you call someone who desperately needs (or better said craves) everyone to like them?

I have this friend who is in constant search for approval - and not only from his peers, but every single person he meets. He also needs to be the center of attention.
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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What do you call a person who appears to be oblivious to their ignorance? [duplicate]

What is the appropriate name for a person who exhibits the behavior described below? A person who speaks in a Confidently informed manner (about a technical process or procedure for example) however ...
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Term for “person who just keeps talking and won't go away”

I'm looking for a polite word for someone who traps you in a conversation. I'd like to avoid suggesting that the person is foolish, just that they continue a conversation in spite of all hints that ...
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Negative and insulting [duplicate]

What do you call someone who is constantly negative, cynical about the world around him and can't help but nitpick and find a way to insult everyone around him?
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Idiom for doing “space age” stuff instead of what is necessary

What is a good way to call someone out who prefers doing the new, cool, and shiny thing over doing what is really necessary?
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Person Takes Certain Advice

What do you call a person who only takes advice which agrees with what they initially want? For instance, John Doe needs to lose some weight to get healthy, but loves sweets so you advise John on ...
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Term for self-serving behavior disguised as altruism? [duplicate]

Once when I was having a hard time a guy said to me, "I'm sorry you're having a hard time, I'll pray for you," in a way that made it clear that he was glad I was having a hard time because it gave him ...
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Single Word Request for an adjective to replace my use of the word “gay” to describe [closed]

Single word request for an adjective to describe the disdain and contempt I feel toward someone else's cringe-inducing, affected, precious and pretentious behavior. I currently say that behaviour is ...
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Negative-connotation word for someone who is straight-edge?

What is a word for someone who doesn't party, doesn't do drugs, doesn't drink, doesn't have sex, etc. Preferrably with more of a negative connotation. Edit: I'm looking to use this in a ...
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What is the most appropriate/elegant/popular idiom/proverb for self-conceitedness? [closed]

What is the most appropriate/elegant/popular English idiom/proverb/saying for self-conceitedness of a person who have just had a fortune and starts to underestimate the people around him/her? For ...
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Someone who never finishes anything

Is there a word for someone who starts things but doesn't finish them? Similar to a procrastinator who delays starting things, but this person has no problem starting new projects.
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When someone accuses you of wrong doing after you had accused them of something what do you call that or them?

When someone accuses you of wrong doing after you had accused them of something, what do you call that or them?
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A person unaware his confidence exceeds his talent [duplicate]

So, yesterday, I got this text message from my own mother: Now, after laughing for a good 5 minutes and then racking my brain for half a day, I still don't know how to help my mom insult this guy. ...
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What's a word for a blamer who blames others for their own guilt?

What's a word to describe a person that accuses others of feeling how they feel because they are ashamed of that feeling within themselves? eg. Cathy is a classic [noun] - she would loudly ...
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A phrase describing someone who is incredibly lazy? [closed]

Is there a phrase that would describe a person that is lazy beyond anything reasonable? Someone who almost feels entitled to everything and fails to see the laziness in himself.
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How do you say “people, who unfortunately weren't fully exterminated” in English?

Imagine, there is a social group, which I think is so evil they have to be banished or exterminated. For example: Freedom Party of Austria represents not fully exterminated Nazi scum and their ...
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A word that describes someone who has an intention to ridicule another person by questioning everything they say? [duplicate]

Looking for a word that describes someone who has a subtle intention to ridicule the other person by questioning everything they say? They act slightly hostile and hypersensitive and make expressions ...
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Paradox of language: smelly feet and runny nose [closed]

How come our nose run and our feet smell? What is the etymology of this paradox phrase?
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Words to describe a person who frequently asks questions even though they know the answer

I have an annoying friend that he frequently asks me questions in which he'll be the one to answer at the end if I can't answer his questions. Here the situation goes: Friend: Hey Jay, do you ...
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What do you call someone who thinks everyone is incompetent (doesn't know anything)?

I'm looking for a way to describe someone who thinks everyone is incompetent (that is, doesn't know anything) and always has to explain every minute (small) detail because his perception of the ...
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Is there a phrase that means treat someone dismissively

A financial planner treated us in a dismissive fashion and I want to say that he "gave us the back of his hand" but that phrase doesn't seem to have the meaning of dismissive. Does it or is there a ...
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Is there a word for people incapable of thinking?

Is there a word for people incapable of thinking? That is the way it is done since ever. Some offer simplifications: they are, though, for people incapable of thinking. Is there a word to ...
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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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Word or phrase referring to people who talk with unnecessary styles/gestures

I can't explain this perfectly, but what do you call a girl/boy who talks with unnecessary style, childish whim, and extra gestures (like small kids sometimes do to attract people's attention).
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Is there a word for someone who tends to find faults in others?

I'm looking for a single word, for someone who... keeps seeing everything that is wrong with everybody else. never seems to see the good of other people, only the bad things. points at others, as ...
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Does describing someone as 'sensitive' conflate two different ideas?

Quite often we use the word 'sensitive' in a pejorative sense, ie that the person being described lacks the emotional resilience to cope with an everyday situation. But 'sensitive' could also be a ...
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Richard Feynman is certainly not mischievous!

In the introduction of Richard Feynmans book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, a colleague describes Feynman's character. The description makes sense to me - except for one word. The word ...
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Is there a word for wanting bad things to happen to others?

The German word schadenfreude is often used in English to express the pleasure derived from seeing misery in others. From dictionary.reference.com schadenfreude noun. satisfaction or pleasure ...
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What is the term for replacing a name or brand with a funny pejorative / sardonicism?

What is the term for when one replaces a well-known name [(Proper) noun, company, brand, etc.] with one that tries to be funny yet pejoratively descriptive, different but similar enough that one's ...
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English equivalent of “a**holes don't have horns”

We have this expression in Hindi slang. Situation: A: "I can't believe he treated me like that. I was stupid to trust him" B: "Don't beat yourself up. How were you supposed to know he would ...
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Why is the N word considered offensive? [duplicate]

Why is nigger so offensive that people refer to it as the N word? After all, a lot of Negroes came from Nigeria, and therefore nigger could just be considered an abbreviated form of referencing a ...
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A word for “negligence of duty or responsibility”

I need to know a word which means: "negligence shown by a person in performing a duty, or a responsibility, or any given task." or, "A person who is negligent in performing their ...
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How do you describe someone who is into incest?

pedophile - one who is into pre-pubescent children _____phile - one who is into incest? Is there a single word that fits into "He's a ______" to describe someone who is into incest? A hyphenated ...
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A word akin to racist and sexist?

When someone discriminates based on race we call that person a racist. When someone discriminates based on one sex we call that person a sexist. What about when someone discriminates based on sexual ...