self-dep·​re·​ca·​tion ˌself-de-pri-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-deprecation (audio)
plural self-deprecations
: disparagement or undervaluation of oneself
On-camera and off, cheerful self-deprecation is the key to Hugh Grant's formidable charm.Leah Rozen
Comedy is about self-deprecation, about showing vulnerability.David Moore

Examples of self-deprecation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In its self-deprecation, Anuncia cultivates plenty of delicate gestures but holds back from digging deeper. Vulture, 21 Nov. 2023 And even the most earnest self-deprecation can contain the seeds of vanity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Vivek Ramaswamy just tried a bit of self-deprecation, but Nikki Haley was having none of it. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2023 Armed with a keen descriptive voice and a dash of self-deprecation, Jason Stewart manages to steer his way through. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 12 Sep. 2023 His self-deprecation drew immediate laughs and applause. Thomas Harding, Town & Country, 29 Aug. 2023 Marden was a complex mix of rigor and pragmatism with a penchant for wry self-deprecation. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 With a welcome dose of self-deprecation, the script by Rowe, Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit recaps the reptiles’ backstory, the waits a beat. Peter Debruge, Variety, 27 July 2023 But, when writing about her own life, Beach gets stuck in the mode of rote self-deprecation. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-deprecation was in 1846

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“Self-deprecation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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