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self-deprecating

[self-dep-ri-key-ting, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪ tɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
adjective
1.
belittling or undervaluing oneself; excessively modest.
Also, self-deprecatory [self-dep-ri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈdɛp rɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
self-deprecatingly, adverb
self-deprecation, noun
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  • Then, there was no limit to the gentle, self-deprecating plausibility with which he alluded to himself.

  • He smirked in a self-deprecating way, and pulled his hat-brim down in front.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • He looked from one to the other, with his melancholy and self-deprecating smile.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for self-deprecating

self-deprecating

adjective
1.
having a tendency to disparage oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-deprecating
adj.

1835, from self- + deprecating (see deprecate).

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