[dih-pree-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -pree-shuh-]


tending to depreciate.

Also de·pre·ci·a·tive [dih-pree-shee-ey-tiv, -shuh-tiv] /dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪ tɪv, -ʃə tɪv/.

Origin of depreciatory

First recorded in 1795–1805; depreciate + -ory1
Related formsde·pre·ci·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·de·pre·ci·a·tive, adjectivenon·de·pre·ci·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·de·pre·ci·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·de·pre·ci·a·tive, adjectiveun·de·pre·ci·a·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for depreciatory

Historical Examples of depreciatory

  • And yet I have a word to say which may seem to be depreciatory of legislators.



  • “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.