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[dep-ri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛp rɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
of the nature of or expressing disapproval, protest, or depreciation.
apologetic; making apology.
Origin of deprecatory
1580-90; < Late Latin dēprecātōrius, equivalent to Latin dēprecā() (see deprecate) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
deprecatorily, adverb
deprecatoriness, noun
nondeprecatorily, adverb
nondeprecatorilyness, noun
nondeprecatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deprecatory
  • He used to nod many times to her and smile when she came in, and utter inarticulate deprecatory moans when she was going away.
  • Gore's delivery should be self-deprecatory and deadpan.
  • Eleven years later, he was expelled from art school for making deprecatory remarks about one of his teachers.
  • Go beyond the mere thesaurus of deprecatory terms and tear me apart on substance.
  • She occasionally has the self-deprecatory line, but her main role is comic foil.
  • These moving parts are subject to wear with age which can have a deprecatory effect on the overall meter accuracy.
  • He moved about the courtroom during the trial in a highly deprecatory manner.
British Dictionary definitions for deprecatory


expressing disapproval; protesting
expressing apology; apologetic
Derived Forms
deprecatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for deprecatory

1580s, from Late Latin deprecatorius, from deprecat-, past participle stem of deprecari (see deprecation).

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