- 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
Synonyms for deprecate
Examples from the Web for deprecatingly
Historical Examples of deprecatingly
"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.Stories of a Western Town
Oh, Socrates (he answered, deprecatingly), will you not leave it to the arbitrament of Cleinias?The Symposium
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
- 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 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.