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[self-dep-ri-key-ting, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪ tɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/
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).
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self-deprecatingly, adverb
self-deprecation, noun Unabridged
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  • That's where you can see his self-deprecating humor and honesty, and the breadth of his interests.
  • But no, he smiled and kept his cool and even cracked a string of self-deprecating gags about his bad press.
  • But a self-deprecating tone rescues the book from taking itself too seriously.
  • It can only be defended with an appeal to a sense of style and taste, with a strong dash of self-deprecating humour.
  • It was even delivered with a dose of self-deprecating wit.
  • The authors add other examples of their ideas, including self-deprecating stories about their own experiences.
  • The author's tone is self-deprecating, self-righteous and rather guilty in turn.
  • And he salts his message with earthy anecdotes and self-deprecating asides.
  • Pleasantly self-deprecating, he acknowledges that he is not always right.
  • Others will probably make a wry, self-deprecating smile.
British Dictionary definitions for self-deprecating


having a tendency to disparage oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-deprecating

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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