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  • I want to acknowledge her contribution without deprecating that of others.
  • She is a modest self-deprecating woman.
  • The teacher should not deprecate her student’s efforts
  • I learned, from the views of social life which it developed, to admire their virtues and to deprecate the vices of mankind.
    Shelley, Mary  --  Frankenstein

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  • "I’m not trying to be self-deprecating," I say, "I just don’t get it."
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "He has a sort of self-deprecating humor naturally," says Haymitch.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • It was deepest in regret, and broken off at the end of a joke or a statement of self-deprecation.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • We offered first a prayer To Pluto and the goddess of cross-ways, With contrite hearts, to deprecate their ire.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • He laughed, gesturing in self-deprecation with long, thin fingers.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • Stage Manager now looks over the audience, puffs his pipe, consults watch, deprecates late-comers, etc.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town

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  • Fielding deprecated confidences, but Sir Gilbert insisted on imparting them;
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • A year or so earlier, in an unwarrantably self-deprecating paragraph of a letter to her brother Buddy, she had referred to her own figure as...
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • Poirot raised a deprecating hand.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • General hubbub, mostly sympathetic to the flower girl, but deprecating her excessive sensibility.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Lee smiled, waved a deprecating hand.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • He smiled his usual smile, half deprecating, half shy and embarrassed, but I felt I had given him pleasure with what, in the present situation, was my naive wish to help him.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • "O no, sir!" cried the girl, following him. "Really, sir, I wouldn’t take it."
    "Christmas-time! Christmas-time!" said Gabriel, almost trotting to the stairs and waving his hand to her in deprecation.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • ...said the landlady, swinging her long earrings with deprecating modesty;
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Poirot shook his head, as though deprecating the other’s jesting tone
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Padre Jose put up his hand deprecatingly as if he were trying to indicate that he was not there,
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "You didn’t believe me?" She smiled, deprecating.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • That’s when the self-deprecating voice in my head kicked in.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • His father is self-deprecating and funny.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • They instinctively liked all people but had been conditioned to dislike and deprecate blacks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It’s such a strain on the voice," Cordelia says with a deprecating smile, as if she is projecting and straining her voice all in the line of work.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • My prickly feelings began to relax a little, too, listening to Jamie’s stories, all humorous and self-deprecating.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He was absent-minded and kind; he was neglectful and muddle-headed and self-deprecating and gentle; often he didn’t hear the first time you spoke to him, or even the second time; he lost his glasses, mislaid his wallet, his keys, his dry-cleaning tickets, and was always calling me downstairs to get on my hands and knees with him to help him search for some minuscule fitting or piece of hardware he’d dropped on the floor.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • ’It just occurred to me you might be interested,’ he would say with a deprecating little laugh whenever he produced a new fragment.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Collette had told her it was a stupid habit, this self-deprecating clowning around with which Pari tried to mask her nervousness around men she was attracted to.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I learned, from the views of social life which it developed, to admire their virtues and to deprecate the vices of mankind.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And she was fond of saying, in deprecating some item, "I couldn’t write a line with that in the house."
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Her beautiful eyes glanced askance at her husband’s face, and her own assumed the timid, deprecating expression of a dog when it rapidly but feebly wags its drooping tail.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "I beg your excellency’s pardon," interposed the steward in a deprecating manner, "for venturing to observe that it is already two o’clock."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Marilla and Matthew looked at each other deprecatingly across the stove.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He pursued his theme, however, without noticing my deprecation.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But the other made a deprecating gesture.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Master Cruncher (who was in his shirt) took this very ill, and, turning to his mother, strongly deprecated any praying away of his personal board.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • D’Artagnan, who understood that it was to him this compliment was addressed, approached, assuming a most deprecating air.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The Jondrette, touched by his compliment, deprecated it with the affected airs of a flattered monster.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Oh, well," she said deprecatingly.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Total strangers saw fit to deprecate him, with the result that he was stricken early with a guilty fear of people and an obsequious impulse to apologize to society for the fact that he was not Henry Fonda.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Alex’s chin came up a notch, as if she was ready for Lacy to make a deprecating comment about her affiliation with the bad guys.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • As Duncan dared not retort upon his accuser by reminding him of his own premeditated treachery, and disdained to deprecate his resentment by any words of apology, he remained silent.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The barman waved back deprecatingly.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • The evil principle deprecated in that religion is the orderly sequence by which the seed brings forth a crop after its kind.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • "And who is Sordo?" the other asked deprecatingly.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He shrugged deprecatingly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • But Bernard would not be cheered; without answering, without even looking at Helmholtz, he went and sat down on the most uncomfortable chair in the room, carefully chosen in the obscure hope of somehow deprecating the wrath of the higher powers.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The next day he received two more complaints, one from a man who came in diffident deprecation.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
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