self-depreciation


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self-de·pre·ci·a·tion

(sĕlf′dĭ-prē′shē-ā′shən)
n.
Disparagement or undervaluation of oneself and one's abilities.
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Noun1.self-depreciation - a feeling of being of little worth
humbleness, humility - a humble feeling; "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"
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It was his fatal habit of self-depreciation that was making Claire's words so specious as he stood there trying to cast them from his mind.
He, with his usual self-depreciation, thought her a world too good for him, and while he wondered at the kindness of Providence in conferring such a gift upon him, and even at her taste in preferring him to other men, he did his best to reciprocate the good she did him, and so far succeeded that she was, and I believe still is, one of the happiest and fondest wives in England; and all who question the good taste of either partner may be thankful if their respective selections afford them half the genuine satisfaction in the end, or repay their preference with affection half as lasting and sincere.
Being humble doesn't mean suppression of one's personal attributes or abject self-depreciation.
Our natural inclination is to beat ourselves up and sink into a bottomless abyss of regret and self-depreciation.
Self-donation cannot begin with a perverted sense of self-importance or self-depreciation. How can we value the lives of others if we have not learned to put an honest value to our own?
Everybody is welcome to take the road of sacrifice and self-depreciation.
Brown does a nice line in self-depreciation for a man who's tipped to be in the frame for Player of the Year honours.
In May, Health Minister Marisol Touraine, explained, "Exposing young people to normative and unrealistic images of bodies leads to a sense of self-depreciation and poor self-esteem that can impact health-related behaviour."
Touches of humour and self-depreciation stop the book from feeling like a sex education manual.
The answer to this problem is neither new nor easy to realise, particularly not in the current climate of European self-depreciation and existential doubt And still: Europe's voters need a more direct influence on the European decision-making process, by way of the European Parliament.
Although her work might seem light hearted at first glance, the jokes and self-depreciation are used, like all good comedy, to sharply question the shortfalls of society.