- 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
1. See decry.
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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- to express disapproval of; protest against
- to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
- archaic to try to ward off by prayer
C17: from Latin dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray
Avoid confusion with depreciate
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Word Origin and History for deprecator
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.
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