As adjectives the difference between derogatory and detrimental
is that derogatory
is tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious while detrimental
is causing damage or harm.
As a noun derogatory
is a trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.
Tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious.
* (rfdate) (Blackstone).
* (rfdate) (Macaulay).
- Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not.
(legal) When referring to a clause in a testament: a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; – a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion. (rfd-sense)
- His language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their other.
In common language, particularly used in the phrase “derogatory term”, equivalent to less common pejorative, and in “derogatory statements”, equivalent to more casual offensive.
* derogatory clause/clause derogatory
A trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.
Causing damage or harm.
- Smoking tobacco can be detrimental to your health.
* (causing damage or harm) harmful, injurious; see also
* (causing damage or harm) beneficial