- 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 deprecation
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.
"My dear, I never said a word but what it was good; I never had any other thought," returned he, with deprecation.
The hand of the man dropped in outward motion of deprecation.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Beasley was serious again, and wore an air of deprecation when he answered her.The Golden Woman
- 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 deprecation
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.
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.