deprecation deprecation

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
  2. (n) the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)

Usage(s):

  1. In his signature style of honesty bordering on self-deprecation, Obama candidly admits to drug and alcohol use in his younger years.
  2. We've gone 40 years back, to sales tactics predating irony, self-deprecation and actual modesty.
  3. Twain didn't just describe exotic sights; he thoroughly reimagined them with self-deprecation and enough comic invention to keep the reader guessing what really happened.

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  1. "I've been told tonight that I should engage in self-deprecation but in my church they say that can make you go blind," Harper said. "Look, no, I'll admit I have my flaws. Even my friends tell me that I can be dismissive and insulting but...
    on Sep 26, 2007 By: Stephen Harper Source: Toronto Star

  2. "There is no need to provoke or exaggerate, but there must not be an attitude of obsequiousness and self-deprecation, and the need to always justify the other side. This is a wrong approach," Lieberman said.
    on Jan 2, 2010 By: Avigdor Lieberman Source: Ha'aretz

  3. "The topic of global warming is so heavy that sometimes the only way you can open people's eyes is by greeting them with levity and self-deprecation first," says David, sipping an iced coffee.
    on Apr 12, 2007 By: Laurie David Source: The Olympian

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