Origin of deprecatory
Examples from the Web for deprecatory
"I used to go fishing when I was a boy," Cliffe replied with a deprecatory smile.The Coast of Adventure|Harold Bindloss
He strode out of the room and Jane followed him, smiling back at Mrs. Richards with a deprecatory shake of her head.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Ottawa chiefs did not thrust themselves forward, and when they spoke it was in a deprecatory way.The Riflemen of the Ohio|Joseph A. Altsheler
"I've a sort of vague, misty idea," she answered, with a laugh that was plainly intended to be deprecatory of her own power.Ravensdene Court|J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
“I—I—” Sylvia pursed up her lips and elevated her eyebrows in deprecatory fashion.More about Pixie|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
1580s, from Late Latin deprecatorius, from deprecat-, past participle stem of deprecari (see deprecation).