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Definition of "deprecating" []

  • To express disapproval of; protest against (verb)
  • To depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle (verb)
  • To try to ward off by prayer (verb)
  • Present participle of deprecate. (verb)

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  • In manner that deprecates; insulting; belittling. (adjective)

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Use "deprecating" in a sentence
  • "It is ironic how the American Art World puts everything outside itself in deprecating categories, especially Ethnic Art, yet what could be more ethnic than it?"
  • "You will also recall deprecating my lack of rigour in writing comments on a blog without what might be considered the apparatus appropriate to a scholarly monograph (that is, citations for every borrowing or quote)."
  • "Their humor was either cruel or crude, and never self-deprecating, which is the true test - if you can't make fun of yourself, you sure as hell can't make fun of someone else."