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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A change for the worse.

Usage examples (16)
  • Crafty once meant powerful, and cunning meant knowledgeable; each has gradually taken on negative connotations (this is called pejoration).
  • 5 One of many structures of change is continued pejoration of words.
  • This is a customary Orthodox conclusion, and I mean no pejoration here.
  • I don't really care whose "fault" the pejoration may be, I just stay away. for more
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