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[dep-ri-keyt] /ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), deprecated, deprecating.
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
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)
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for deprecatingly
Historical Examples
  • "My appetite will come back to me in a morning or two," he deprecatingly observed.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • deprecatingly she looked up at her only child, standing in judgment over her.

  • Oh, Socrates (he answered, deprecatingly), will you not leave it to the arbitrament of Cleinias?

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • She raised her drooping head and again regarded him deprecatingly.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • "I didn't want you to think I was running after him," she cries, deprecatingly.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • "After all, if he is satisfied," begins Gertrude, deprecatingly.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • "It is very full already, M. Valgrand," said Charlot deprecatingly.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • "But he's got through his chores," interposed Mrs. Harkutt deprecatingly.

  • "You're putting it too strongly," said Gabriel deprecatingly.

  • "It was just another crazy thought, I guess," Jed said deprecatingly.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
British Dictionary definitions for deprecatingly


verb (transitive)
to express disapproval of; protest against
to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
(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 deprecatingly



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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