- belittling or undervaluing oneself; excessively modest.
Examples from the Web for self-deprecatory
Historical Examples of self-deprecatory
He attempted a self-deprecatory smile which ended in an unpleasant grimace.No Clue
And I knew even better than she, with her mother's self-deprecatory confidence on 'loyalty' in my ears!The Romantic Lady
This estimate of his "notes" was, as always, self-deprecatory; but there was no denying a great measure of truth to the statement.The Letters of William James, Vol. II
He smiled up at the Judge a self-deprecatory smile, as if to ask him not to mind his foolishness but to listen to his story.
He smiled out of his leaden eyes the ghost of his glittering, old, self-deprecatory smile.
- having a tendency to disparage oneself