from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Expressing disapproval or criticism.
  • adj. Mildly disparaging or uncomplimentary, especially of oneself.

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  • adj. That deprecates; apologetic or disparaging

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to remove or avert evil by prayer; apologetic.
  • adj. Serving to deprecate; expressing a low opinion of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving or intended to deprecate or avert some threatened evil or action; characterized by entreaty or protest intended to avert something evil or painful.
  • n. A deprecating speech or act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to diminish or disparage


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deprecate +‎ -ory


  • As the handsome and distinguished-looking bridegroom stood before the altar awaiting the entrance of his bride, it were almost sacrilege to utter a word deprecatory or otherwise.

    Marguerite Verne

  • A flaccid, unwholesome-looking hand was raised slowly, in a kind of deprecatory gesture; then allowed to fall again upon the belly where it lay, with the five fingers, round and chalky-white, extended like the rays of a starfish.

    South Wind

  • A gravely sedate demeanour would have seemed the more fitting facial expression for his age and the generally accepted nature of his calling, -- a kind of deprecatory toleration of the sunshine as part of the universal 'vanity' of mundane things, -- or a condescending consciousness of the bursting apple-blossoms within his reach as a kind of inferior earthy circumstance which could neither be altered nor avoided.

    God's Good Man

  • What put that idea into your head? "replied my father, with a kind of deprecatory smile.

    Desk and Debit or, The Catastrophes of a Clerk

  • Ninety-nine times out of 100 when I have heard Mexicans use the word 'gringo' it's in a way that is deprecatory or worse, usually preceded by 'pinche' -- in other words, designed to be taken as an offense.

    GRINGOS AND GRINGAS....what's in an appelation?

  • At a nod from him, the semicircle seated itself on the manienie grass, and with further deprecatory smiles waited his pleasure.


  • If he follows the Kevin Federline playbook, we can expect to see him playing himself in a self-deprecatory Super Bowl ad, guest starring as an impending corpse on a CBS cop show, and emerging as the surprisingly sane parent after Kate goes on a head-shaving bender.

    'Kate Plus Eight': What will Jon Gosselin do now? |

  • "Not at all," he answered, with a deprecatory wave of the hand.

    Amateur Night

  • "Not so, good Klok-No-Ton," murmured Scundoo, with a deprecatory wave of the hand.


  • The pianist's role is controlling and self-deprecatory, and Lortie was pervasive yet discreet, pulling the other players and us with him into Chausson's bleak world.

    Lortie/Dumay/Quatuor Ebène


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