[ 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.
Words nearby deprecate
Origin of deprecate
OTHER WORDS FROM deprecate
dep·re·cat·ing·ly, adverbdep·re·ca·tion, noundep·re·ca·tor, nounhalf-dep·re·cat·ing, adjective
half-dep·re·cat·ing·ly, adverbnon·dep·re·cat·ing, adjectivenon·dep·re·cat·ing·ly, adverbun·dep·re·cat·ed, adjectiveun·dep·re·cat·ing, adjectiveun·dep·re·cat·ing·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deprecatedeprecate depreciate (see usage note at the current entry)
synonym study for deprecate
1. See decry.
usage note for 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for deprecator
/ (ˈdɛprɪˌkeɪt) /
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
deprecating, adjectivedeprecatingly, adverbdeprecation, noundeprecative, adjective
deprecatively, adverbdeprecator, noun
Word Origin for deprecate
C17: from Latin dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray
Avoid confusion with depreciate
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