- 2: to express disapproval of
- 3a : play down : make little of <speaks five languages … but deprecates this facility — Time>
- b : belittle, disparage <the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelists — New Yorker>
Self-deprecating humor relies on the observation of something supposedly negative about the person delivering the commentary. Many comedians use self-deprecating humor to avoid seeming arrogant or pompous, and to help the audience identify with them. In this way, the use of self-deprecating humor could be seen as an application of the rhetorical concept of ethos. This is seen as a major component of the comedy of comedians such as Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Don Knotts, and Woody Allen.