deprecating deprecating  /ˈdɛ prə ˌkeɪ tɪŋ/


  • (adj) tending to diminish or disparage


  1. She did it with self-deprecating humor, brutal honesty and no small amount of grace.
  2. She's relaxed and confident, with a self-deprecating sense of humor.
  3. We should probably be grateful to Downey, who's handled his most recent arrest with a characteristic combination of dark, self-deprecating humor and irony.


  1. The Pharcyde Keep on Passin' Their Contract By, Claim the Pharcyde

    Damn, we wish the Pharcyde weren't in such a snit. Last year, the pioneering Southern California rappers basked in the 20th anniversary glow of their leftfield classic debut album  Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyd e and its self-deprecating single "Passin' Me By...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Spin

  2. Seitz on Futurama’s Final (Final) Frontier

    “Detecting trace amounts of mental activity, possibly a dead weasel or a cartoon viewer.” That’s a quote from Big Brain, mastermind of the Brain Spawn invasion of Earth in the animated sci-fi spoof Futurama, and it’s characteristic of the show’s self-­deprecating humor. But all kidding aside, Futurama has nothing to ... More »
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Vulture

  3. In Looser Tone, Speakers Urge Graduates to Take Risks and Be Engaged

    Across the country, the addresses of 2013 were much more personal, infused with self-deprecating humor, raunchy asides and references to the speakers’ own humble or distant origins.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "Robert was a lovely man who truly had a zest for life," Sports Editor Terry Taylor said. "He had a twinkle in his eye, a sly sense of humor and, usually, a self-deprecating remark that made him an irresistible magnet for all of us. We loved...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Terry Taylor Source: The Associated Press

  2. Receiving the Recording Academy tribute "is a huge honor for him," Giles Martin told AP Television. "But he always said, 'They give me an honor for still being alive.' You know, because he's English, and we're very self-deprecating. But it's...
    on Jul 13, 2008 By: Giles Martin Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Angus Fairhurst was always deprecating about his own talent," Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota said. "But he made some of the most engaging, witty and perceptive works of his generation and was an enormously influential friend of other...
    on Mar 31, 2008 By: Nicholas Serota Source: BBC News

Word of the Day
affectation affectation
/ˌæ fɛk ˈteɪ ʃən /