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deprecate

[dep-ri-keyt] /ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), deprecated, deprecating.
1.
to express earnest disapproval of.
2.
to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
3.
to depreciate; belittle.
4.
Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.
Origin of deprecate
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin dēprecātus prayed against, warded off (past participle of dēprecārī), equivalent to dē- de- + prec(ārī) to pray + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
deprecatingly, adverb
deprecation, noun
deprecator, noun
half-deprecating, adjective
half-deprecatingly, adverb
nondeprecating, adjective
nondeprecatingly, adverb
undeprecated, adjective
undeprecating, adjective
undeprecatingly, adverb
Can be confused
deprecate, depreciate (see usage note at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. condemn, denounce, disparage.
Synonym Study
1. See decry.
Usage note
An early and still the most current sense of deprecate is “to express disapproval of.” In a sense development still occasionally criticized by a few, deprecate has come to be synonymous with the similar but etymologically unrelated word depreciate in the sense “belittle”: The author modestly deprecated the importance of his work. In compounds with self-, deprecate has almost totally replaced depreciate in modern usage: Her self-deprecating account of her career both amused and charmed the audience.
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Examples from the Web for deprecate
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Historical Examples
  • It may shun, deprecate, disparage, but it never despises them.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • He seemed to deprecate the vigor of my retort and lifted a cautioning hand.

  • Daniel kneeled upon his knees to deprecate the captivity of his people.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • They recognise the secret and insidious influences of the Jesuit, and deprecate it.

    Mysticism and its Results John Delafield
  • There was no grief to console; no anger to deprecate; no wish to be fulfilled.

  • She smiled timidly, as though to deprecate her sister's vengeance.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford
  • Again and again Erica heard her deprecate the introduction of any public question.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • The press was silent when it could not venture to deprecate or to condemn me.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • I deprecate the vice of excessive novel-reading in young persons.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for deprecate

deprecate

/ˈdɛprɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to express disapproval of; protest against
2.
to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
3.
(archaic) to try to ward off by prayer
Derived Forms
deprecating, adjective
deprecatingly, adverb
deprecation, noun
deprecative, adjective
deprecatively, adverb
deprecator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray
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Word Origin and History for deprecate
v.

1620s, "to pray against or for deliverance from," from Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari "to pray (something) away" (see deprecation). Meaning "to express disapproval" is from 1640s. Related: Deprecated, deprecating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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