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depreciatory

[dih-pree-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -pree-shuh-] /dɪˈpri ʃi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈpri ʃə-/
adjective
1.
tending to depreciate.
Also, depreciative
[dih-pree-shee-ey-tiv, -shuh-tiv] /dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪ tɪv, -ʃə tɪv/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of depreciatory
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; depreciate + -ory1
Related forms
depreciatively, adverb
nondepreciative, adjective
nondepreciatively, adverb
nondepreciatory, adjective
undepreciative, adjective
undepreciatory, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • And yet I have a word to say which may seem to be depreciatory of legislators.

    Laws Plato
  • “A precious small one, though,” said Roberts in a depreciatory tone.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • All of its despatches from the West, Churchill's as well as others, were depreciatory.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • It was not only the soldiers who took this depreciatory view of France.

    The Marne

    Edith Wharton
  • Sets of laudatory or depreciatory adjectives are employed in the same way.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
  • You were alluding in a depreciatory manner to my head but it's your own head that fails.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But then, that is not depreciatory of his power and eloquence—surely not.

  • His depreciatory view was in part, too, I believe, an echo from his favourite Vidocq.

    Isopel Berners George Borrow
  • Surely his friends have cherished the story out of no petty love of depreciatory detail?

  • There was some superior and depreciatory laughter, and then Mona was required to repeat what she knew.

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