- 1Expressing disapproval; disapproving.More example sentences
disapproving, censorious, censuring, critical, scathing, damning, damnatory, condemnatory, condemning, denunciatory; castigatory, reproachful, reproving, upbraiding, admonishingdisparaging, belittling, denigratory, derogatory, discrediting, diminishing, detracting, deflating, negative, unflattering, slighting; disdainful, derisive, snide, sneering, mocking, jibing
- 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 smileMore example sentences
- ‘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.