Definition of deprecatory in English:



  • 1Expressing disapproval; disapproving.

    • ‘The end of the eulogy abandons the apparently deprecatory mythological images.’
    • ‘Other ranking officers have also made deprecatory and abusive comments about the defence minister at international meetings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ‘fastest girl in town’ label accentuates and casts a deprecatory shadow onto her racial otherness, and she eventually leaves Ruby.’
    • ‘The tone is deprecatory throughout, and 30 cartoons, many of which are full page, reinforce the ridicule and derision.’
    • ‘The book is surely demeaning, and for the Germans the main character conjures up a familiar and deprecatory stereotype.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was while defending himself that he was alleged to have made deprecatory remarks about the leader.’
    • ‘During the meeting the President spoke in deprecatory terms of the model course of school drill now practised in our schools.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These criticisms of his theological proposal should not in any way be interpreted as deprecatory of the project in hand.’
    • ‘These terms attached a deprecatory image to the person so identified.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘And he smiled with a feeble and 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.’
      apologetic, regretful, full of regret, sorry, remorseful, contrite, penitent, repentant, rueful, appeasing
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