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deprecatingadjective

uk   /ˈdep.rə.keɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /-t̬ɪŋ/ (also deprecatory, uk   /ˈdep.rə.kə.tər.i/  us   /-tɔːr.i/ )
  • deprecating adjective (NOT VALUING)

showing that you ​think something is of little ​value or ​importance: Her deprecating ​smileclearlyshowed that she ​thought I'd said something ​stupid. showing that you ​feelembarrassed, ​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   us   /-li/
(Definition of deprecating from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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