- He broke off with a laugh and a deprecatory gesture of the hand, as if he had more in his mind but did not want to put it into words. - "The Last Hope", Henry Seton Merriman.
- Once more the hopeless, deprecatory gesture. - "A Breath of Prairie and other stories", Will Lillibridge.
- The lawyer made a deprecatory movement. - "The Mynns' Mystery", George Manville Fenn.