deprecate

[ dep-ri-keyt ]
/ ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), dep·re·cat·ed, dep·re·cat·ing.

to express earnest disapproval of.
to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
to depreciate; belittle.
Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.

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Origin of deprecate

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin dēprecātus “prayed against, warded off” (past participle of dēprecārī ), equivalent to dē- “away from, out of“ + precārī “to pray” + -ātus past participle suffix; see de-, pray, -ate1

synonym study for deprecate

1. See decry.

historical usage of deprecate

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM deprecate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deprecate

deprecate , depreciate (see word story at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for deprecate

deprecate
/ (ˈdɛprɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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 of deprecate

Word Origin for deprecate

C17: from Latin dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray

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Avoid confusion with depreciate
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