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deprecating

adjective uk   /ˈdep.rə.keɪ.tɪŋ/ us    /-t̬ɪŋ/ (also deprecatory,   /ˈdep.rə.kə.tər.i/    /-tɔːr.i/)

deprecating adjective (NOT VALUING)

showing that you think something is of little value or importance: Her deprecating smile clearly showed that she thought I'd said something stupid. showing that you feel embarrassed, especially by praise: She reacted to his compliments with a deprecating laugh.

deprecating adjective (NOT APPROVING)

formal showing that you do not approve of something: The teacher gave the boys a deprecating stare.
deprecatingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
(Definition of deprecating from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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