self-deprecating

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Etymology[edit]

self- +‎ deprecating

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  • IPA(key): /ˌsɛlfˈdɛpɹəˌkeɪtɪŋ/

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self-deprecating (comparative more self-deprecating, superlative most self-deprecating)

  1. Expressing disapproval of oneself.
    • 2004, Kate Fox, “Rules of Sex”, in Watching the English, Hodder & Stoughton, →ISBN, page 325:
      Mention sex, and the English humour reflex kicks in. And we all know that self-deprecating jokes are the most effective, the most widely appreciated form of humour.
    • 2018 February 18, “Self-deprecating humour linked to greater psychological wellbeing, study finds”, in The Independent[1]:
      One of the most defining outcomes of the study was the acknowledgement that the use of self-deprecating humour doesn’t necessarily have negative connotations, as previously thought.

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