AskDefine | Define dyslogistic

Dictionary Definition

dyslogistic adj : expressing disapproval; "dyslogistic terms like `nitwit' and `scalawag'" [syn: dislogistic, pejorative]

User Contributed Dictionary



dys- + -logistic (as in eulogistic), 1812


  1. Expressing censure or disapproval

Extensive Definition

Words and phrases are pejorative if they imply disapproval or contempt. The adjective pejorative is synonymous with derogatory, derisive, dyslogistic, and contemptuous. When used as an adjective, pejorative has two meanings: (1) tending to make or become worse, and (2) tending to disparage or belittle. When used as a noun, pejorative means "a belittling or disparaging word or expression".
Pejorative expressions that are not inherently dyslogisms may also be used in a non-pejorative way, however, and determining the intent of the speaker is problematic — as with any implied meaning. Conversely, a common rhetorical ploy is to apply "pejorative" to a factual descriptor — as "toxic" might be applied to poison — and then decry it as "pejorative" to suit the agenda of those defending the substance as harmless.
Not every instance of criticism is pejorative.
Sometimes a term may begin as a pejorative word and eventually be adopted in a non-pejorative sense. This happened with the terms Quaker, Yankee, Okie, Tory and Whig, Ham radio operator, Methodist, Shaker, Unitarian and Sooner which were originally slang insults but came to be used as non-pejorative standard words. In historical linguistics, this phenomenon is known as melioration, or amelioration. Sometimes a term is still considered as a pejorative word by some but not by others. In other cases, some groups have attempted to reclaim formerly offensive words applied against them, with limited success. Such terms as nigger (nigga), "kike", redneck, cracker, white trash, Redskin, dyke, queer, fairy, faggot, tranny, geek, nerd, Paki, chav, or cripple are considered pejorative if used by one who is not a member of the group in question. British English also incorporates many British regional slurs.
dyslogistic in Czech: Pejorativní
dyslogistic in Danish: Pejorativ
dyslogistic in German: Pejoration
dyslogistic in Spanish: Peyorativo
dyslogistic in French: Péjoratif
dyslogistic in Hebrew: כינוי גנאי
dyslogistic in Hungarian: Pejoratív jelző
dyslogistic in Dutch: Pejoratief
dyslogistic in Simple English: Pejorative
dyslogistic in Slovak: Pejoratívum
dyslogistic in Serbian: Пејоратив
dyslogistic in Chinese: 貶義
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1