depreciatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj depreciatory tending to diminish or disparage "belittling comments","managed a deprecating smile at the compliment","deprecatory remarks about the book","a slighting remark"
    • adj depreciatory tending to decrease or cause a decrease in value "a depreciating currency","depreciatory effects on prices"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Depreciatory Tending to depreciate; undervaluing; depreciative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • depreciatory Tending to depreciate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Depreciatory tending to depreciate or lower
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. depretiāre, -ātumde, down, and pretium, price.

Usage

In literature:

The Inneses are not always so self-depreciatory.
"The Circular Staircase" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
And yet I have a word to say which may seem to be depreciatory of legislators.
"Laws" by Plato
But the word "lawyer" (homme de loi) is a depreciatory term applied to the legal profession.
"Cousin Pons" by Honore de Balzac
She's really very self-depreciatory; she thinks she isn't good enough for me.
"April Hopes" by William Dean Howells
Nay, she would not listen to a depreciatory word on him from her cousin Henrietta Kirby-Levellier.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
Such was the depreciatory opinion formed by the Waalwyk coachman as to the "rising light of the world" and the "miracle of Holland.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
But against any such depreciatory remarks we have to set Chopin's high opinion of Zywny's teaching capability.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
They are just as timid, shy, and self-depreciatory as before entering.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
All of its despatches from the West, Churchill's as well as others, were depreciatory.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Rock spread out his fat hands with a depreciatory gesture.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
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