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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).
Related forms
self-deprecatingly, adverb
self-deprecation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self-deprecation
  • self-deprecation is an essential part of her appeal, too.
  • If nothing else, he's figured out the art of crisis management through self-deprecation, which means little in the big picture.
  • When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a little self-deprecation.
  • He applies similar self-deprecation to his painting.
  • There was still improvised silliness and self-deprecation.
  • His stories are told with endearing wit and self-deprecation.
  • The words flow easily off his tongue, and he even has a sense of humor, a hint of self-deprecation.
  • Because of this pervasive sense of self-deprecation, it is not surprising that so little serious writing has come out of sports.
  • Savvy, satirical and fluent in pop culture, this voice also uses self-deprecation to inoculate against criticism.
British Dictionary definitions for self-deprecation


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

1843, from self- + deprecation.



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

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