American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Self-deprecating.
“If he follows the Kevin Federline playbook, we can expect to see him playing himself in a self-deprecatory Super Bowl ad, guest starring as an impending corpse on a CBS cop show, and emerging as the surprisingly sane parent after Kate goes on a head-shaving bender.”
“And it's not uncommon for the cutter to carve self-deprecatory words into her skin: ugly, worthless, bad.”
“The crowd applauds politely but warmly, Art says thanks for the kind words, and puts the crowd at ease from the get-go with some self-deprecatory humor.”
“Apart from self-deprecatory remarks, will he now start to censor himself beforehand with his writers and, worse, when he interacts with his guests on the panel?”
“The pianist's role is controlling and self-deprecatory, and Lortie was pervasive yet discreet, pulling the other players and us with him into Chausson's bleak world.”
“There were self-deprecatory references to losing his parliamentary seat after 13 years, allusions to the Cheeky Girls and corruption in parliament, a duff anecdote about his name – almost an anagram of "I like to be MP", he told us – and a small section about the Daily Mail, which had quoted the event's promoter, Robert Meakin, on the likelihood of Opik being bottled off the stage.”
“Now adopt some of that tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecatory humor on your own social media outposts.”
“He was a gifted illustrator, and seems to have known it, for he was modest and usually self-deprecatory.”
“With a self-deprecatory flourish that is as much of a personal signature by now as her dark-shaded eyes, Winkleman dismisses her job as child's play.”
“This is further to complicate the fact that his usual self-deprecatory epithet for himself was “son of Man”, which appears to be an actual Aramaic saying, meaning “this fellow” or “yours truly”.”
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