One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he made deprecatory remarks about the opposition’
disapproving, censorious, censuring, critical, scathing, damning, damnatory, condemnatory, condemning, denunciatory
castigatory, reproachful, reproving, upbraiding, admonishing
informal slating, knocking
rare reprobative, reprobatory
2‘Greene was deprecatory about his own writing’
disparaging, belittling, denigratory, derogatory, discrediting, diminishing, detracting, deflating, negative, unflattering, slighting
disdainful, derisive, snide, sneering, mocking, jibing
3‘she gave a deprecatory smile at her mistake’
apologetic, regretful, full of regret, sorry, remorseful, contrite, penitent, repentant, rueful, appeasing
conscience-stricken, red-faced, shamefaced, sheepish, hangdog
rare propitiatory, compunctious
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