- belittling or undervaluing oneself; excessively modest.
Also self-dep·re·ca·to·ry [self-dep-ri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈdɛp rɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌsɛlf-/.
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Examples from the Web for self-deprecation
So going into this game against Uruguay, there was none of the usual English self-deprecation.Uruguay’s Luis Suárez Puts Two Stakes Through England’s Heart
June 19, 2014
Then, in that interview, the Oscar nominee took the self-deprecation shtick beyond any reasonable expectation.Is Jennifer Lawrence Going Stir Crazy From ‘Hunger Games’ Hype?
March 23, 2012
A master of self-deprecation, Sloane Crosley is faced with a baffling number of choices.All the Happy/Sad Young Literary Women
June 15, 2010
"Oh no," said Sir Henry, with a gesture of self-deprecation.Peeps at People
John Kendrick Bangs
Soligen chuckled abruptly, and as though in self-deprecation.Frigid Fracas
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Chauvelin put up his hand with a gesture of self-deprecation.El Dorado
The modesty and self-deprecation in the Michigan correspondence will attract notice.The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume VI, Familiar Letters
Henry David Thoreau
- having a tendency to disparage oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-deprecation
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