The last Word Buds post was about the word ASPERSE and the thought of casting aspersions on people, accusing or slandering them is indirect ways.
Today’s word is DEPRECATORY
This is the adjective of the verb DEPRECATE;
the adverb form is DEPRECATORILY. What a mouthful!
— to express disapproval about something
— to play down as an ability
— to belittle or disparage something or someone.
DEPRECATORY has the two separate and almost opposite meanings, too:
1 : seeking to avert disapproval : apologetic
2 : serving to deprecate : disapproving
Lexico turns these around, indicating that the more common meaning is “expressing disapproval.”
contemptuous, degrading, demeaning, derogatory, disdainful, scornful
He was disappointed when his boss made a deprecatory remark about the data he’d tried so hard to collect.
When his boss highly praised his thorough report on the subject, he smiled deprecatorily and admitted that he’d easily found most of the info online.
When Shasta arrived at the high school dance in a gorgeous dress she’d designed herself, the girls were initially envious. But when the class drama queen caught on that Shasta had sewed the dress herself, she began making deprecatory remarks to the others about Shasta’s “home-made dress” and her family probably being “too poor to afford anything better.” Several other snooties joined in with her, glancing at Sasha’s dress disdainfully and finding fault.
As with so many other words, this one comes to us through Latin, though the meaning has definitely morphed over the centuries. The root is deprecatus, past participle of deprecari, from de- + precari, “to pray.” This combo meant “to avert by prayer.”