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[dep-ri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛp rɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
of the nature of or expressing disapproval, protest, or depreciation.
apologetic; making apology.
Origin of deprecatory
1580-90; < Late Latin dēprecātōrius, equivalent to Latin dēprecā(rī) (see deprecate) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
deprecatorily, adverb
deprecatoriness, noun
nondeprecatorily, adverb
nondeprecatorilyness, noun
nondeprecatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deprecatory
Historical Examples
  • 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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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 Rafael Sabatini
  • And with a deprecatory smile I added, "I am said somewhat to resemble him."

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • "Oh—we go not so far as that," said his Grace, with a deprecatory wave of the hands.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • He paused, and laughed in a deprecatory fashion before he went on again.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • He made a deprecatory gesture, sat down, and took up a paper.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • "They 're severe, certainly," muttered the other, in a deprecatory tone.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Latisan was deprecatory, if his manners were revealing his feelings.

British Dictionary definitions for deprecatory


expressing disapproval; protesting
expressing apology; apologetic
Derived Forms
deprecatorily, adverb
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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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