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Definition to diminish or treat something as unimportant or of low quality; or to express disapproval

The form, deprecating, is sometimes used as a short form of self-deprecating — meaning to belittle oneself or one's own ideas.
  • You should not deprecate her efforts.
deprecate = treat as unimportant
  • I want to acknowledge her contribution without deprecating that of others.
  • deprecating = treating as unimportant
  • She is a modest self-deprecating woman.
  • She always gives me that deprecating look when I arrive late.
  • deprecating = disapproving
  • She tried to deprecate his wrath with explanations, but it was useless.
  • deprecate = diminish
  • With contrite hearts, to deprecate their ire.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • deprecate = diminish
  • "He has a sort of self-deprecating humor naturally," says Haymitch.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • self-deprecating = modest or critical of oneself
  • He laughed, gesturing in self-deprecation with long, thin fingers.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • self-deprecation = modesty
  • 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
  • self-deprecating = treating as of low quality
  • We offered first a prayer To Pluto and the goddess of cross-ways, With contrite hearts, to deprecate their ire.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • deprecate = to diminish or treat something as unimportant or of low quality; or to express disapproval
  • Fielding deprecated confidences, but Sir Gilbert insisted on imparting them;
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • deprecated = disapproved of
  •   "And it was his murderer speaking!" finished M. Bouc impressively.
      Poirot raised a deprecating hand. "Let us not go too fast."
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • deprecating = disapproving
  • "I'm not trying to be self-deprecating," I say, "I just don't get it."
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • self-deprecating = modest or critical of oneself
  • 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
  • self-deprecation = criticism or modesty
  • Poirot shook his head, as though deprecating the other's jesting tone
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • deprecating = disapproving of
  • General hubbub, mostly sympathetic to the flower girl, but deprecating her excessive sensibility.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • deprecating = belittling or disapproving


    belittling (minimizing or diminishing the value of) oneself
  • Stage Manager now looks over the audience, puffs his pipe, consults watch, deprecates late-comers, etc.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • deprecates = expresses disapproval of
  • 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
  • deprecated = disapproved of
  • "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
  • deprecation = a manner indicating that it was of little importance or value
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • '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
deprecating = treating as unimportant

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