[self-dep-ri-key-ting, self-]


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-/.
Related formsself-dep·re·cat·ing·ly, adverbself-dep·re·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-deprecating

Contemporary Examples of self-deprecating

Historical Examples of self-deprecating

  • He smirked in a self-deprecating way, and pulled his hat-brim down in front.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • He looked from one to the other, with his melancholy and self-deprecating smile.

    The Last Hope

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Then, there was no limit to the gentle, self-deprecating plausibility with which he alluded to himself.

British Dictionary definitions for self-deprecating




having a tendency to disparage oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-deprecating

1835, from self- + deprecating (see deprecate).

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