- to express earnest disapproval of.
- to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
- to depreciate; belittle.
- Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.
Origin of deprecate
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Examples from the Web for deprecate
The verb "to deprecate" entered the English language in the 17th century.Busted by The Language Cops
April 30, 2012
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
There was no grief to console; no anger to deprecate; no wish to be fulfilled.
- to express disapproval of; protest against
- to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
- archaic to try to ward off by prayer
Word Origin and History for deprecate
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.