[dep-ri-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


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 formsdep·re·ca·to·ri·ly, adverbdep·re·ca·to·ri·ness, nounnon·dep·re·ca·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·dep·re·ca·to·ri·ly·ness, nounnon·dep·re·ca·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deprecatory

Historical Examples of deprecatory

  • Austin waved them away with a deprecatory gesture and a smile.


    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."

British Dictionary definitions for deprecatory



expressing disapproval; protesting
expressing apology; apologetic
Derived Formsdeprecatorily, 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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