[ dep-ri-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv ]
/ ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə tɪv /


serving to deprecate; deprecatory.

Nearby words

  1. depraved,
  2. depravity,
  3. deprecate,
  4. deprecating,
  5. deprecation,
  6. deprecatory,
  7. depreciable,
  8. depreciate,
  9. depreciation,
  10. depreciatory

Origin of deprecative

1480–90; (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dēprecātīvus, equivalent to dēprecāt(us) (see deprecate) + -īvus -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deprecative

  • The gray man turned his opened palm outwards with a deprecative motion which was not English at all.

    The Pursuit|Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • They made their feelings public by scandalized aspirations, suppressed oh-h-hs, and deprecative shakings of the heads.

    The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • I yielded to an instinct for deprecative horse-play, one of my worst faults, begot of an inferiority-complex.

    Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp

Word Origin and History for deprecative



mid-15c., "praying for deliverance," from Middle French déprécatif (13c.), from Late Latin deprecativus, from past participle stem of Latin deprecari (see deprecation). Related: Deprecatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper