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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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?

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?

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?

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 express that equivalently or anyway close? The sentence ...
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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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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 ...
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Word for somebody who wants others to bootlick them

A bootlicker is somebody who tries to curry favour with somebody by flattery/acting friendly with them. Is there a word for somebody who wants others to booklick him?
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Descriptive word for someone who is ignorant [duplicate]

I'd really appreciate if someone could help me find a word to describe the following: Someone who thinks they are versed in some subject but really only has a superficial grasp of it. Thanks!
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What does it mean to call someone a 'drink of water'?

What does it mean when you call someone a 'drink of water', like at the end of this clip from the Shawshank Redemption? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD07V7Lwacc It's intended as an insult from the ...
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Am I right that “individual” is a little bit pejorative? [closed]

I have feeling that the word "individual" leans a little bit towards being pejorative if not used in an official or formal context. Me not being native to English and knowing it far too poorly, I ...
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Is there a word for someone who does no work of their own, but criticizes the work of others?

I have a coworker who is notoriously lazy, hands off all her assignments, then when others do her work for her she is ridiculously critical of it. Is there a word for someone like this? My ...
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A synonym or alternative for a “chivalrous” or “gallant” man but with more negative connotation

I'm looking for a slang term describing a man who always tries desperately to get the attention of ladies. This type of dude is always polite to chicks and he is highly likely to forget even his best ...
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Idiom for someone “not from this world”?

Are there idioms (or single words) in English for people who behave like they have come from another world where everything is perfect and know nothing about the reality? They usually come up with ...
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“Cretin” and “imbecile” in US English

How common is the insult "cretin" in US English? What minimum age and level of education do users of the word typically have? Would you say that "cretin" is much less common than "imbecile" in US ...
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What's the phrase or idiom for acting like a baby when subjected to criticism?

I was wondering whether English has a phrase or an idiom for someone acting like a baby when subjected to criticism, as well as honest and negative assessment of their actions or personality. By ...
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Derogatory term for a corporate employee

I’m looking for a derogatory term for a person who works in a big, international business. In Polish we have a few informal words for that, like korpoludek (“corpo little guy”) and korpoczłowiek ...
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Why are Irish people called “turk” and “turkey”?

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (edited by John Ayto, John Simpson) lists the following slang words used for Irish people: bog-trotter, harp, Mick, Paddy, Pat, turk, turkey I can guess why ...
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Was the BrEng term “coloured” derogatory in the 1970s?

SAM Look... I owe it to myself to say this to you, okay? Leave Tony Crane. Just go far away from him. He's gonna ask you to marry him and he's gonna make you a business partner. EVE Is ...
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Some good derogatory terms for nobility or upper class? [closed]

I'm in need of some derogatory terms for nobles for a story I'm writing, something for a fantastical medieval based world. The more the merrier!
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...
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Idiom or word for someone who opens their mouth and closes their ears in discussions? [closed]

Some individuals are not interested in listening to your opinion, and it seems like your idea either has no value to them, or they already know what you are about to say, and they talk over you or ...