dep·​re·​cat·​ing | \ ˈde-pri-ˌkā-tiŋ How to pronounce deprecating (audio) \

Definition of deprecating

: tending or serving to disparage or belittle someone or something a deprecating remark Allagash tells you, with a deprecating roll of his eyes, that Vicky is studying Philosophy at Princeton.— Jay McInerney There are little judgments on him throughout the text, sometimes mildly deprecating, sometimes robustly defensive.The Times Literary Supplement — see also self-deprecating

Other Words from deprecating

deprecatingly \ ˈde-​pri-​ˌkā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce deprecatingly (audio) \ adverb
The letter hints that he is upset about something which has caused him to feel 'nervous and sad' and he ends by deprecatingly referring to himself as a 'dull pupil'. The Gloucestershire Echo

First Known Use of deprecating

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Deprecating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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