Definition of deprecatory in English:


Line breaks: dep¦re|ca¦tory
Pronunciation: /dɛprəˈkeɪtəri


1Expressing disapproval; disapproving.
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  • That can seem like a loss of regard for others’ feelings, as if we had become more self-centred, the ‘me-generation’ in Tom Wolfe's deprecatory phrase.
  • No doubt, the Government's somewhat dismissive and deprecatory attitude towards those opposed to ratification succeeded in turning off a big section of the electorate.
  • During the meeting the President spoke in deprecatory terms of the model course of school drill now practised in our schools.
1.1Apologetic or appeasing: a deprecatory smile
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  • ‘Hey, listen’, I said, with a wry self - deprecatory shake of the head, ‘You don't want to hear a superannuated sociologist propounding half - baked theories.
  • The beauty of our homegrown varieties of eccentricity is in the triumph of a poised, moderate balance, coupled with a dose of thoroughly deprecatory satire.
  • He compèred for the corporation and the bands submitted to interviews with him and made the right deprecatory noises.

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