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dep·re·cate

 (dĕp′rĭ-kāt′)
tr.v. de·pre·cat·ed, de·pre·cat·ing, de·pre·cates
1. To express disapproval of; deplore.
2. To belittle; depreciate.
3. Computers To mark (a component of a software standard) as obsolete to warn against its use in the future so that it may be phased out.

[Latin dēprecārī, dēprecāt-, to ward off by prayer : dē-, de- + precārī, to pray; see prek- in Indo-European roots.]

dep′re·cat′ing·ly adv.
dep′re·ca′tion n.
dep′re·ca′tor n.
Usage Note: Deprecate originally meant "to pray in order to ward off something, ward off by prayer." Perhaps because the occasion of such prayers was invariably one of dread, the word developed the more general meaning of disapproval, as in this quotation from Frederick Douglass: "Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground." From here it was a small step to add the meaning "to make little of, disparage," which was once the proper meaning of depreciate. This meaning of depreciate appears to have been overwhelmed by the word's use in the world of finances, where it means "to diminish (or cause to diminish) in price or value." In similar fashion, the "disparage" sense of deprecate may be driving out the word's other uses. In our 2002 survey, only 50 percent of the Usage Panel accepted deprecate when it meant "to express disapproval of" in the sentence He advocates a well-designed program of behavior modification and deprecates the early use of medication to address behavioral problems. Moreover, a similar example in the same survey elicited the same split in opinion among Panelists: He acknowledged that some students had been wronged by the board's handling of the matter and deprecated the board's decision to intervene. It seems clear, then, that the Panel has very mixed feelings about the use of deprecate to mean "disapprove of." But a great majority of Panelists accept deprecate when used to mean "make little of, disparage." Fully 78 percent accepted the example He deprecated his own contribution to the success of the project, claiming that others had done just as much. It may be that the widespread use of the word in the compound adjective self-deprecating has helped bolster this use of the verb.

deprecate

(ˈdɛprɪˌkeɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to express disapproval of; protest against
2. to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
3. archaic to try to ward off by prayer
[C17: from Latin dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray]
ˈdepreˌcating adj
ˈdepreˌcatingly adv
ˌdepreˈcation n
ˈdeprecative adj
ˈdeprecatively adv
ˈdepreˌcator n
Usage: Avoid confusion with depreciate

dep•re•cate

(ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪt)

v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
1. to express earnest disapproval of.
2. to depreciate; belittle.
[1615–25; < Latin dēprecātus, past participle of dēprecārī to beg relief from, deprecate =dē- de- + precārī to pray]
dep′re•cat`ing•ly, adv.
dep`re•ca′tion, n.
dep′re•ca`tor, n.
syn: See decry.
usage: The most current sense of deprecate is “to express disapproval of.” In a sense development still occasionally criticized, deprecate has come to be synonymous with the similar but etymologically unrelated word depreciate in the sense “belittle”: He deprecated the importance of his work. In self- compounds, deprecate has almost totally replaced depreciate in modern usage: She charmed them with a self-deprecating account of her career.

deprecate


Past participle: deprecated
Gerund: deprecating

Imperative
deprecate
deprecate
Present
I deprecate
you deprecate
he/she/it deprecates
we deprecate
you deprecate
they deprecate
Preterite
I deprecated
you deprecated
he/she/it deprecated
we deprecated
you deprecated
they deprecated
Present Continuous
I am deprecating
you are deprecating
he/she/it is deprecating
we are deprecating
you are deprecating
they are deprecating
Present Perfect
I have deprecated
you have deprecated
he/she/it has deprecated
we have deprecated
you have deprecated
they have deprecated
Past Continuous
I was deprecating
you were deprecating
he/she/it was deprecating
we were deprecating
you were deprecating
they were deprecating
Past Perfect
I had deprecated
you had deprecated
he/she/it had deprecated
we had deprecated
you had deprecated
they had deprecated
Future
I will deprecate
you will deprecate
he/she/it will deprecate
we will deprecate
you will deprecate
they will deprecate
Future Perfect
I will have deprecated
you will have deprecated
he/she/it will have deprecated
we will have deprecated
you will have deprecated
they will have deprecated
Future Continuous
I will be deprecating
you will be deprecating
he/she/it will be deprecating
we will be deprecating
you will be deprecating
they will be deprecating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been deprecating
you have been deprecating
he/she/it has been deprecating
we have been deprecating
you have been deprecating
they have been deprecating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been deprecating
you will have been deprecating
he/she/it will have been deprecating
we will have been deprecating
you will have been deprecating
they will have been deprecating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been deprecating
you had been deprecating
he/she/it had been deprecating
we had been deprecating
you had been deprecating
they had been deprecating
Conditional
I would deprecate
you would deprecate
he/she/it would deprecate
we would deprecate
you would deprecate
they would deprecate
Past Conditional
I would have deprecated
you would have deprecated
he/she/it would have deprecated
we would have deprecated
you would have deprecated
they would have deprecated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.deprecate - express strong disapproval of; deplore
disapprove, reject - deem wrong or inappropriate; "I disapprove of her child rearing methods"
2.deprecate - belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts"
disparage, belittle, pick at - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
deflate, puncture - reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"

deprecate

verb
1. disapprove of, condemn, object to, protest against, deplore, frown on, take exception to He deprecated this unseemly behaviour.
2. disparage, criticize, run down, discredit, scorn, deride, detract, malign, denigrate, belittle, vilify, depreciate, knock (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), lambast(e), flame (informal) They deprecate him and refer to him as 'a bit of a red'. see depreciate

deprecate

verb
1. To have or express an unfavorable opinion of:
2. To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:
Translations

deprecate

[ˈdeprɪkeɪt] VT (frm) (= censure) → desaprobar, lamentar; (= disparage) → menospreciar

deprecate

[ˈdɛprɪkeɪt] vtdésapprouver

deprecate

vt (form)missbilligen

deprecate

[ˈdɛprɪˌkeɪt] vt (frm) → deprecare
References in classic literature ?
There was a roomful of old books at Bly--last-century fiction, some of it, which, to the extent of a distinctly deprecated renown, but never to so much as that of a stray specimen, had reached the sequestered home and appealed to the unavowed curiosity of my youth.
He had not left her long, by no means long enough for her to have the slightest inclination for thinking of any body else, when a letter was brought her from Randallsa very thick letter;she guessed what it must contain, and deprecated the necessity of reading it.
Master Cruncher (who was in his shirt) took this very ill, and, turning to his mother, strongly deprecated any praying away of his personal board.
Spenlow seemed quite cowed by the gentlemanly sternness of Miss Murdstone's manner, and deprecated her severity with a conciliatory little wave of his hand.