image of deprecation

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Quantz

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French
Context is British politics in the 1940's.

"After Munich, when he met Chamberlain, he looked the picture of shocked deprecation".

Après Munich, quand il rencontra Chamberlain, celui-ci lui parut l'image même de l'hébétude et de l'avilissement".

Je suis un peu trop "littéraire".
 
  • Quantz

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    French
    I don't think so : to make a long story short, after that, Chamberlain is lengthily defending himself, a bit disheartened. "Deprecation" is obscure to me.
     

    Kelly B

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    I rarely see it without self-, in which case it means autoautodénigrement/autodérision, or sometimes milder, closer to humilité - I wonder whether that's meant to be implied here, given your doubts.
     
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