- of the nature of or expressing disapproval, protest, or depreciation.
- apologetic; making apology.
Origin of deprecatory
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Examples from the Web for deprecatory
Austin waved them away with a deprecatory gesture and a smile.Viviette
William J. Locke
The Israelite did not answer, nor seem to hear this deprecatory remonstrance.Leila, Complete
The clerk waved a deprecatory hand in Captain Cy's direction.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Composing himself, he turned to the girl again with a deprecatory smile.Captain Blood
And with a deprecatory smile I added, "I am said somewhat to resemble him."Bardelys the Magnificent
- expressing disapproval; protesting
- expressing apology; apologetic
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Word Origin and History for deprecatory
1580s, from Late Latin deprecatorius, from deprecat-, past participle stem of deprecari (see deprecation).
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