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Semantic change is the evolution of word usage—usually to the point that the modern meaning .... Blank considers it problematic, though, to include amelioration and pejoration of meaning as well as strengthening and weakening of meaning.

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Pejoration definition, depreciation; a lessening in worth, quality, etc. See more.

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Apr 3, 2017 ... Pejoration is the downgrading or depreciation of a word's meaning, as when a word with a positive sense develops a negative one.

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Define pejoration: a change for the worse : depreciation; specifically : an historical process by which the semantic and connotative status of a word…

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Linguis. the taking on of a less favorable meaning or connotation. Origin of pejoration. Medieval Latin pejoratio: see pejorative. Webster's New World College ...

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Pejoration definition: semantic change whereby a word acquires unfavourable connotations | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples.

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The process or condition of worsening or degenerating. 2. Linguistics The process by which the meaning of a word becomes negative or disparaging over a  ...

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pejoration (countable and uncountable, plural pejorations). The act or process of becoming worse; worsening or degeneration; (linguistics) The process by ...

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pejoration: The process or condition of worsening or degenerating.