deprecatory dep"re*ca*to*ry (d[e^]p"r[-e]*k[.a]*t[-o]*r[y^]), a. [L. deprecatorius.] 1. Tending to remove or avert evil by prayer; apologetic. [1913 Webster]

Humble and deprecatory letters. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Serving to deprecate; expressing a low opinion of.

Syn: belittling, disparaging, depreciative, deprecatory, depreciatory, derogatory, detractive, detracting, slighting, pejorative, denigratory. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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