Definition of deprecatory in English:



  • 1Expressing disapproval; disapproving.

    • ‘The tone is deprecatory throughout, and 30 cartoons, many of which are full page, reinforce the ridicule and derision.’
    • ‘Other ranking officers have also made deprecatory and abusive comments about the defence minister at international meetings.’
    • ‘These criticisms of his theological proposal should not in any way be interpreted as deprecatory of the project in hand.’
    • ‘If someone angers me, I can cite my antagonist's deprecatory tone; if someone makes me jealous, I can point to his poaching on my emotional property.’
    • ‘The ‘fastest girl in town’ label accentuates and casts a deprecatory shadow onto her racial otherness, and she eventually leaves Ruby.’
    • ‘The book is surely demeaning, and for the Germans the main character conjures up a familiar and deprecatory stereotype.’
    • ‘During the meeting the President spoke in deprecatory terms of the model course of school drill now practised in our schools.’
    • ‘The end of the eulogy abandons the apparently deprecatory mythological images.’
    • ‘So the concept of the tourist as a nuisance and a parasite upon his host country did not take long to establish and the word was almost from the beginning used in a deprecatory sense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In my more than two years of writing on the web, I have had enough deprecatory e-mails from readers who do not share my high opinion of the man.’
    • ‘These terms attached a deprecatory image to the person so identified.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is a tremendous comic when he wants to be, as well as arrogant and deprecatory, with humor, when he feels that it is appropriate.’
    • ‘It was while defending himself that he was alleged to have made deprecatory remarks about the leader.’
    disapproving, censorious, censuring, critical, scathing, damning, damnatory, condemnatory, condemning, denunciatory
    disparaging, belittling, denigratory, derogatory, discrediting, diminishing, detracting, deflating, negative, unflattering, slighting
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    1. 1.1 Apologetic or appeasing.
      ‘a deprecatory smile’
      • ‘Composing himself, he turned to the girl again with a deprecatory smile. But no smile answered him from her set face.’
      • ‘He met each interviewer on deck with a deprecatory smile, and the hat pushed back on his head.’
      • ‘He compèred for the corporation and the bands submitted to interviews with him and made the right deprecatory noises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘And he smiled with a feeble and deprecatory smile.’
      apologetic, regretful, full of regret, sorry, remorseful, contrite, penitent, repentant, rueful, appeasing
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