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self-deprecating Line breaks: self-deprecat¦ing

Definition of self-deprecating in English:


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.



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.


Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfdɛprɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • If I had to choose one of Britain's main national characteristics, I guess it would be self-deprecation - particularly when it comes to talking about the country itself.
  • The newly promoted person may also attempt to minimize the status difference through self-deprecation and a surfeit of leniency toward the new supervisees.
  • Again, despite her serious intent, she recognises how pretentious such statements can sound in print and is careful to defuse that risk through self-deprecation and qualification.


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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