self-denigrating

adjective

self-den·​i·​grat·​ing ˌself-ˈde-ni-ˌgrā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-denigrating (audio)
: tending or serving to belittle or disparage oneself
a self-denigrating joke
As Nicholas, post-divorce, confronts a compositional writer's block, Hazel morphs into a sad, self-denigrating divorcee.Karen Campbell

Examples of self-denigrating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, a therapist might help your child reframe self-denigrating thoughts, address difficult feelings, and find coping and assertiveness skills. Brittany Vargas, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-denigrating was in 1958

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“Self-denigrating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-denigrating. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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