Definition of self-deprecating in English:

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self-deprecating

Pronunciation: /ˈˌself ˈdeprəˌkādiNG/

adjective

Modest about or critical of oneself, especially humorously so: self-deprecating jokes
More example sentences
  • I like the fact that she's never falsely modest, just self-deprecating.
  • In person he is down-to-earth, funny and modest with a self-deprecating charm.
  • He is self-deprecating and self-effacing and has used humor to deflect criticism about his inadequacy and deficiency.

Derivatives

self-deprecatingly

adverb
Example sentences
  • They laughed readily and joked self-deprecatingly.
  • They concern themselves with the real world and address its problems, satirically or self-deprecatingly.
  • ‘I was going to organize the poor,’ he says, self-deprecatingly.

self-deprecatory

adjective
Example sentences
  • Worldwide, men draw sighs of relief from the knowledge that they, too, are in with a chance; women ignore the fact that he wouldn't get a second glance in the street and idolise his self-deprecatory sense of humour.
  • I could be self-righteous and put down some self-deprecatory stuff about myself but I hope that all my faults are plainly visible here already.
  • They refer frequently to the strange way their minds work, usually a self-deprecatory remark which isn't made with self-deprecating intent.

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Syllabification: self-dep·re·cat·ing

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