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 do you call someone who is easily influenced?

I am looking for a term with bad connotation. I am aware of the popular terms like "he/she has no personality", pliable, malleable, weak-minded but i couldn't find any more on the insulting side. It ...
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Idiom or expression that would imply “someone is a habitual liar”

I'm looking for an idiom or expression for describing people who tell lies out of habit (so you cannot trust them at all). I know that these people are called "compulsive liars", but I'm not looking ...
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Is there a word that describes a person who easily gives up on others

Example: Person A had expectations of person B. After A gets to know B, person gives up on building a enriching relationship. A stops investing in the other person (i.e. stops giving feedback, stops ...
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A derogatory word for “success” or “succeed” [closed]

What's the derogatory word to describe someone you hate having his/her way? For example, what would a democrat (resp. a republican) say if Trump (resp. Clinton) wins the presidency?
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A word or term to describe someone who likes to make people look stupid [duplicate]

Is there a word for someone who tries to trip you up during conversation almost so you muddle your words and sound confused to the point where they appear to have have won a debate? Someone who uses ...
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What do you call someone who censors another person?

What do you call someone who inappropriately censors another person? Is there any specific word for someone who derives pleasure out of censoring another person? To use it in an example: [Word] like ...
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How would you term a person who gives you a job opportunity and then reminds you to be grateful that he's given you that opportunity

How would you term a person who gives you a job opportunity and then reminds you to be grateful that he's given you that opportunity....
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Is there an adjective for “untruthful, especially when pretending to know more than one actually does”?

I originally thought of the word "disingenuous," except that my dictionary gives the definition as "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really ...
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member of a political party [closed]

Is there an expression that means a member of a political party, who often comments rashly in a way that contradicts the party line? I'd appreciate your help.
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A word/phrase to express deep sadness at a friend or loved one's stupidity?

I'm looking for a way to describe the feeling you get when someone you care about is being aggressively, intractably, and willfully ignorant or stupid about something. It's something of a blend of ...
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What are demeaning foods to call people? [closed]

I was debating someone recently, and he started rejecting my view point entirely. He started referring to me as "cupcake", an attempt to insult me, I'm sure. I don't quite understand why, because ...
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A word for a person who is doubtful and always second-guesses everything he knows [closed]

I was just wondering, I know somebody here knows what word I'm referring to. For example: Person 1: I like that guy because of his looks. Person 2: Do you really? Or are you just feeling ...
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Neutral non offensive alternative to “slanting eyes”

I was looking for a term to define the eyes shape of oriental people and I discovered that the term slant-eye is a derogatory one: (offensive) a person with slanting eyes; especially , one ...
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How offensive is calling someone “dodgy”?

Labour MP Dennis Skinner has been suspended from Parliament for the day for calling the Prime Minister "Dodgy Dave". I would like to know how serious of an insult it is. Can you put this insult to ...
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Derogatory word or idiom for city dwellers

I'm looking for something people from rural area would use, especially when they refer to that person's inability to adapt to the country life.
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Yiddish loan words for the foolish & incompetent

Is there a Yiddish loan word to describe someone incompetent or amateurish, or who is a small-time player in a given field of endeavor? The closest I know of are general-purpose insults like shnook, ...
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Does the word “female” have a pejorative connotation when applied to a woman?

I recently watched an interview where the interviewee (a native speaker from the US) used the word female to refer to a woman. Instead of describing the context of this word usage, I will point you to ...
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Word for someone intentionally punishing self to get reactions/pity

I'm looking for a single word or short phrase for someone who intentionally burdens his or her self with a task or something that could be seen as a punishment purely to gain others' pity and make ...
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Noun for someone who puts others down to strive

These are people you may even be friends with who make you feel like doo doo because they always have to one-up you. I know so many of them but I don't have a word to describe it. It's like they're ...
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Derogatory word, describing person (a pupil) who memorizes instead of learning?

Apologies if I am asking something that is well known, but I am not a native English speaker, and I could not find an answer so far. In my native language, there exists a (derogatory) word for ...
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Word for “having the rights to a word”

I'm looking for a word that means "having the right to use this word." For example, one could argue (and let's not argue whether or not this is true) that a gay person has some degree of ...
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The origin of the derogatory usage of Guido

Guido: is a slang term, often derogatory, for a working-class urban Italian American. The guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Originally, it was used as a demeaning term for Italian ...
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Has “hacker” definitely gained a negative connotation?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a hacker as: One who is proficient at using or programming a computer; a computer buff. One who uses programming skills to gain illegal access to a ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who does nice things for others, only to make themselves look or feel good?

I'm looking for a word that can describe a person who does nice things for other people (e.g holding the door open, carrying someone's things) but only for self gain; this person only does nice things ...
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Is there a negative word for an overt display of emotion?

I recently discovered a friend who always believed that cheesy, corny and tacky meant (to use their words) a "pornographic display of emotion". As in: The end of a TV show where that Dad says to the ...
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What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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Is there any curse/ swear equivalent for this Persian curse? “ May your head be covered by soil!”

There is a curse/ swear in Persian that literally means " May your head be covered by soil" and implies that " you'd better die and be buried /be underground!"( you are not important). We use it in ...
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What do you call a person who makes easy things difficult?

What you you call a person that can take a simple, easily understood concept or task and turn it in to a complicated procedure?
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Usage of Beautiful [closed]

I have been taught in English language classes that using "Beautiful" for a girl, represent your rudeness? for example you should not say "what a beautiful girl". Is it correct?
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Is there a gender neutral phrase or expression to replace “old woman”?

There are people who behave like the stereotypical old woman who frets over the smallest concern and is constantly cautioning others about physical dangers. Such people can be either sex and barely ...
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What is a word for someone who is extremley picky and unthankful for what he has? [closed]

Can someone give me a word that describes a person who wants to have everything at a very high level and doesn't want it if it's anything below that? For instance such a person might not want to eat a ...
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When did “blonde” become offensive?

The OED defines blond (noun) as: A person with blond hair; one with light or ‘fair’ hair and the corresponding complexion; esp. a woman, in which case spelt blonde. 1822 Edin. Rev. 199 ...
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The Kids are All Right

As I was reading some of the responses on Should I use “the wife” or “my wife”?, I agreed with many of the posters stating that using the wife as opposed to my wife was slightly less personal and ...
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Usage of the word “typical”

Some friends and I have been debating for a while now the significance of the word "typical", more specifically the pejorative connotation that, they insist, is inherent to this word. To them, for ...
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A word for a “troll” who is actually advocating a point of view

The word "troll" (in the Internet-related sense) usually means someone who doesn't care about the issues they talk about, but just wants to anger and/or hurt as many people as they can (usually for a ...
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Origin of “I fart in your general direction”

I grew up knowing the insulting phrase "I fart in your general direction", and recently saw it used by John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (apparently its most famous usage): ...
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What's a word for “toughish”?

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe a 'thug'. Seeing that toughish isn't in most dictionaries (nor did I expect it to be, but an entry in a thesaurus would have been nice), nor ...
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Somebody who doesn't want to work but wants materials and luxury?

What would I call somebody who, like the title says, doesn't want to work but wants luxury and items/materials?
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What do you call a person that criticizes your ignorance, but does nothing to help alleviate it?

Suppose Alice and Bob are having a debate about umbrellas. Alice does not like umbrellas for a few reasons. Bob says Of course you don't like umbrellas, you don't understand the real purpose of ...
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Where did 'cahoot" come from, when did it first appear, and how did it acquire its pejorative sense?

According to Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003), cahoot, meaning a partnership or league, and usually expressed in the plural form "in cahoots," has a first known publication date ...
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Describe a person who brags about difficulties

I am looking for a commonly used phrase, idiom, or simile that describes people who like to talk (brag?) about their difficulties, especially self inflicted or easily avoidable ones, as if having ...
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Is the term “aspie” derogatory?

Until today I had never heard of the shortened term "aspie" to refer to someone with Asperger syndrome. While the term strikes me as derogatory and belittling, I'm not a native speaker and obviously ...
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what's “disruption” globally mean today? [closed]

The word "disruption" doesn't have the same meaning, also totally different when used in business context. Someone can help define it better? Thanks
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A Noun which describes an ignorant person accusing a well-informed opponent of ignorance?

I am looking for a word which describes a blatantly ignorant person (not knowing much about certain topic) who in a debate accuses of ignorance his opponent, who knows more about the topic of ...
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How do I insultingly describe an extremely ugly building?

The building is shaped like a matchbox. Or like a beehive. Designs of this sort need very little engineering and less imagination. It's mostly glass and concrete. More glass than concrete. It is a ...
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What do you call a person who tries to be the first to answer and/or answer the most questions on stack exchange? [closed]

More specifically, those on StackExchange or similar Q&A sites that seem to be trolling (as in fishing) for new questions to answer solely for the potential reputation gained and/or to be viewed ...
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Word to describe someone who ignores your feelings or sentiments? [closed]

Someone who persistently overlooks your feelings or your sentiments. For example, if you show your love by all means and they appear to not care and take you as a joke. What such person can be ...
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What do you call a community that is allergic to criticism?

I have seen a tendency online for a lot of communities - especially ones in various creative arts, populated primarily by amateurs - to want to be so welcoming that they frown on any sort of ...
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BrEng expressions to describe a man who is becoming stupid

I'm searching for British English expressions describing a person who starts to be stupid, crazy or foolish. I mean something like the idiom to lose one's head and epithets like: You fool! Are there ...
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Pejorative for a room of low quality (esp. prison cell)

I am a non-native speaker looking for a pejorative describing a living space that is of extremely low quality and condition, especially (but not necessarily limited to) a prison cell. I did some ...