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English definition of “deprecating”

deprecating

adjective (NOT VALUING)    /ˈdep.rə.keɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/ (also deprecatory,   /ˈdep.rə.kə.tər.i/   US  /-tɔːr.i/)
showing that you think something is of little value or importance: Her deprecating smile clearly showed that she thought I'd said something stupid. → See also self-deprecatingCritical and uncomplimentary showing that you feel embarrassed, especially by praise: She reacted to his compliments with a deprecating laugh.Shy and modestAnxious and worried deprecatingly     /-li/ adverb Critical and uncomplimentary
(Definition of deprecating adjective (NOT VALUING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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