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dep·re·ca·to·ry

 (dĕp′rĭ-kə-tôr′ē) also dep·re·ca·tive (-kā′tĭv)
adj.
1. Expressing disapproval or criticism.
2. Mildly disparaging or uncomplimentary, especially of oneself.

dep′re·ca·to′ri·ly adv.

deprecatory

(ˈdɛprɪkətrɪ)
adj
1. expressing disapproval; protesting
2. expressing apology; apologetic
ˈdeprecatorily adv

dep•re•ca•to•ry

(ˈdɛp rɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

adj.
1. of the nature of or expressing disapproval or depreciation.
2. apologetic.
[1580–90; < Late Latin]
dep′re•ca•to`ri•ly, adv.
dep′re•ca•to`ri•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.deprecatory - tending to diminish or disparage; "belittling comments"; "managed a deprecating smile at the compliment"; "deprecatory remarks about the book"; "a slighting remark"
uncomplimentary - tending to (or intended to) detract or disparage

deprecatory

adjective
1. disapproving (often self-deprecatory) censuring, reproachful, condemnatory, opprobrious a hollow, self-deprecatory laugh
2. apologetic, rueful, contrite, remorseful, regretful, penitent `Sorry about that,' he said, with a deprecatory grin.

deprecatory

adjective
Translations

deprecatory

[ˈdeprɪkətərɪ] ADJ [attitude, gesture] → de desaprobación; [smile] → de disculpa
References in classic literature ?
The girl was deprecatory at one moment, appealing to Robert.
With a deprecatory laugh, he explained why he had come.
Looking in the direction whence it proceeded, Phoebe saw little Ned Higgins, a good way down the street, stamping, shaking his head violently, making deprecatory gestures with both hands, and shouting to her at mouth-wide screech.
It is not the least among the strange things bred by the intense artificialness of sea-usages, that while in the open air of the deck some officers will, upon provocation, bear themselves boldly and defyingly enough towards their commander; yet, ten to one, let those very officers the next moment go down to their customary dinner in that same commander's cabin, and straightway their inoffensive, not to say deprecatory and humble air towards him, as he sits at the head of the table; this is marvellous, sometimes most comical.
With a deprecatory grunt, the jackal again complied.
Spenlow, settling his chin in his cravat and rubbing it softly, went over the items with a deprecatory air - as if it were all Jorkins's doing - and handed it back to Tiffey with a bland sigh.
He was certainly not more than thirty, and the elderly mate, with a murmur to me of "That's my old man," proceeded to give instances of the natural unhandiness of the ship in a sort of deprecatory tone, as if to say, "You mustn't think I bear a grudge against her for that.
I'm very much obliged--' he was stammering, when the butler raised a deprecatory hand.
You rear like a frightened colt, because I use a word to which your Christianity ascribes a deprecatory meaning.
He always asked if the patient wanted anything, and when the latter replied that he only wanted to be left in peace, he would turn away obediently and make for the door on tip-toe, with deprecatory gestures to imply that he had only just looked in, that he would not speak a word, and would go away and not intrude again; which did not prevent him from reappearing in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour.
The gentlemanly man, with feeble and deprecatory gestures, and in the manner of a hypnotised person, produced an excellent large tarpaulin.
The Prince raised his hand a little--a deprecatory gesture.