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

  • It's all topped off with the old man's deft little affirmation"as I certainly did"in which his self-deprecation barely cloaks the pride he felt regarding his remarkable rise .
  • His instant and natural wit, always lively and almost never nasty, recalls Harold Macmillan, Winston Churchill and even Benjamin Disraeli, though he has mastered self-deprecation .
  • The Afro-pop and indie rock fusion is seamless, particularly on "A-Punk" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," which includes the lyrical deprecation "This feels so unnatural Peter .

  • Stephen Harper in Toronto Star
    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...
  • Avigdor Lieberman in Ha'aretz
    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.
  • Laurie David in The Olympian
    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.

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