self-deprecating

A self-deprecating person knows her own weaknesses and shortcomings and isn't afraid to point them out, often in a humorous way.

Some people are egotistical, always talking about how great they are. The opposite type of person is self-deprecating, dwelling on his own faults and even joking about how he's short, unsuccessful, or not that smart. Being self-deprecating is usually considered a good trait, a quality of someone with a wry sense of humor. When being self-deprecating goes too far, it can become self-loathing and self-sabotaging, which are less amusing forms of putting yourself down.

Definitions of self-deprecating
  1. adjective
    conscious of your own shortcomings
    Synonyms:
    apologetic, excusatory
    offering or expressing apology
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