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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 deprecation
Historical Examples
  • The pink plump face was contorted in a furtive grimace of deprecation.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • "I was obliged to go to college, sir," said Arthur, in a tone of deprecation.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "My dear, I never said a word but what it was good; I never had any other thought," returned he, with deprecation.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The hand of the man dropped in outward motion of deprecation.

  • Beasley was serious again, and wore an air of deprecation when he answered her.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • “You are far too kind to my poor accomplishments,” he said in deprecation.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • He wanted to laugh, he wanted to snort in deprecation, and he did neither.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • I had been over-hasty in my deprecation; I owed as much to Pugh.

  • Why, instead of deprecation, do not these journals give disproof?

  • Brett waved his hand in deprecation of such a pernicious thought.

British Dictionary definitions for deprecation

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 deprecation
n.

c.1500, "prayer to avert evil," from Middle French deprécation, from Latin deprecationem (nominative deprecatio), from past participle stem of deprecari "plead in excuse, avert by prayer," literally "to pray (something) away," from de- "away" (see de-) + precari "pray" (see pray). Sense of "disapproval" is first attested 1610s.

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.

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