from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Expressing disapproval or criticism.
- adj. Mildly disparaging or uncomplimentary, especially of oneself.
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- adj. That deprecates; apologetic or disparaging
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending to remove or avert evil by prayer; apologetic.
- adj. Serving to deprecate; expressing a low opinion of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving or intended to deprecate or avert some threatened evil or action; characterized by entreaty or protest intended to avert something evil or painful.
- n. A deprecating speech or act.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. tending to diminish or disparage
As the handsome and distinguished-looking bridegroom stood before the altar awaiting the entrance of his bride, it were almost sacrilege to utter a word deprecatory or otherwise.
A flaccid, unwholesome-looking hand was raised slowly, in a kind of deprecatory gesture; then allowed to fall again upon the belly where it lay, with the five fingers, round and chalky-white, extended like the rays of a starfish.
A gravely sedate demeanour would have seemed the more fitting facial expression for his age and the generally accepted nature of his calling, -- a kind of deprecatory toleration of the sunshine as part of the universal 'vanity' of mundane things, -- or a condescending consciousness of the bursting apple-blossoms within his reach as a kind of inferior earthy circumstance which could neither be altered nor avoided.
What put that idea into your head? "replied my father, with a kind of deprecatory smile.
Ninety-nine times out of 100 when I have heard Mexicans use the word 'gringo' it's in a way that is deprecatory or worse, usually preceded by 'pinche' -- in other words, designed to be taken as an offense.
At a nod from him, the semicircle seated itself on the manienie grass, and with further deprecatory smiles waited his pleasure.
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.
"Not at all," he answered, with a deprecatory wave of the hand.
"Not so, good Klok-No-Ton," murmured Scundoo, with a deprecatory wave of the hand.
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.