Meaning of “deprecating” in the English Dictionary

"deprecating" in British English

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uk /ˈdep.rə.keɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈdep.rə.keɪ.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 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.
adverb uk /ˈdep.rə.keɪ.tɪŋ.li/ us /ˈdep.rə.keɪ.t̬ɪŋ.li/

(Definition of “deprecating” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)