dep·​re·​ca·​to·​ry | \ ˈde-pri-kə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce deprecatory (audio) , ˈde-prə-ˌkā-tə-rē How to pronounce deprecatory (audio) \

Definition of deprecatory

1 : seeking to avert disapproval : apologetic
2 : serving to deprecate : disapproving

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Other Words from deprecatory

deprecatorily \ ˌde-​pri-​kə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce deprecatorily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of deprecatory in a Sentence

he typically followed up any mention of his accomplishments with some deprecatory comments about his perceived failures

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Philipps has acquired her 1-million-and-growing Instagram followers through her self-deprecatory humor, raw honesty and vulnerability. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Busy Philipps is famous for sharing everything. Except her anxiety.," 11 July 2018 What the show is really selling is the Chang attitude and mystique, a combination of ego, exactitude, foul-mouthed rebelliousness and self-deprecatory nerdiness. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: David Chang in the Comfort Food Zone on Netflix," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of deprecatory

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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