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pej•o•ra•tion



Pronunciation: (pej"u-rā'shun, pē"ju-), [key]
n.
1. depreciation; a lessening in worth, quality, etc.
2. Historical Ling.semantic change in a word to a lower, less approved, or less respectable meaning. Cf. melioration (def. 1).

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