Quick answer
"Despectivo" is an adjective which is often translated as "contemptuous", and "peyorativo" is an adjective which is often translated as "pejorative". Learn more about the difference between "despectivo" and "peyorativo" below.
despectivo(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (insulting)
a. contemptuous
¡A mí no me hables con ese tono despectivo porque soy tu madre!Don't take that contemptuous tone with me. I'm your mother!
b. scornful
Me echó una mirada despectiva y pasó de largo a mi lado sin dirigirme palabra.She gave me a scornful look and walked straight past me without saying a word.
c. disparaging
El candidato hizo unos comentarios despectivos sobre su rival en las elecciones.The candidate made some disparaging remarks about his rival in the elections.
2. (linguistics)
a. pejorative
Hay palabras que pueden ser despectivas dependiendo de a quién vayan dirigidas.Some words can be pejorative depending on who they are referring to.
b. derogatory
El político no se disculpó por utilizar términos despectivos hacia las mujeres.The politician didn't apologize for talking of women in derogatory terms.
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peyorativo(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (derogatory)
a. pejorative
No se tolera el uso de lenguaje peyorativo en este sitio de trabajo.The use of such pejorative language is not tolerated in this place of work.
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