Definitions

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

  • adj. Diminishing in value.
  • adj. Disparaging; belittling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pertaining to depreciation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to depreciate; undervaluing; depreciative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to depreciate.

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

  • adj. tending to diminish or disparage
  • adj. tending to decrease or cause a decrease in value

Etymologies

depreciate +‎ -ory (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not only will it add 'depreciatory' pressures on the TTD, but another implication of such action by the CBTT will be the rapid erosion of the country's stock of external buffers - ie, its foreign currency reserves.

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • Seoul's exit strategy at that time turned out to be a global financial crisis plus the strategic firing of the finance minister who had presided over the won's depreciatory "overshooting".

    Won-dering as They Wander

  • I sent him, therefore, the book, carefully sealed up, with an intimation that I requested the favour of his opinion upon the contents, of which I affected to talk in the depreciatory style, which calls for point-blank contradiction, if your correspondent possess a grain of civility.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • Pumblechook himself, self – constituted my patron, would sit supervising me with a depreciatory eye, like the architect of my fortunes who thought himself engaged on a very unremunerative job.

    Great Expectations

  • There was enough of mocking inconsistency at the bottom of this speech to make it rather discordant, though the manner was refined and the person well – favoured, and though the depreciatory part of it was so skilfully thrown off as to be very difficult for one not perfectly acquainted with the English language to understand, or, even understanding, to take offence at: so simple and dispassionate was its tone.

    Little Dorrit

  • Bar was likewise always modest and self – depreciatory — in his way.

    Little Dorrit

  • My good friend, I am afraid that the course of my speculations is leading me to say something depreciatory of legislators; but if the word be to the purpose, there can be no harm.

    Laws

  • So if our actions and qualities compel the highest respect from other people, and they have no option but to give this respect, — as soon as anyone, no matter how wicked or foolish he may be, utters something depreciatory of us, our honor is offended, nay, gone for ever, unless we can manage to restore it.

    The Wisdom of Life

  • To the repetition he added with manifest sincerity, though also with a self-depreciatory movement of the head:

    Through Russia

  • Ike has a way of giving a self-depreciatory chuckle at the end of every sentence.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

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  • such an elegant sound for such a negative word!

    March 7, 2009