self-deprecation

noun self-dep·re·ca·tion \ ˌself-de-pri-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of self-deprecation

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

First Known Use of self-deprecation

1846

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