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de·pre·ci·ate

 (dĭ-prē′shē-āt′)
v. de·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing, de·pre·ci·ates
v.tr.
1. To lessen the price or value of: An increase in the supply of money depreciated the currency.
2. To write off an expenditure for (a tangible asset) by prorating over a certain period, usually the estimated useful life of the asset.
3. To think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle. See Synonyms at disparage. See Usage Note at deprecate.
v.intr.
To diminish in price or value: "When issued in excess, as during the Revolution, paper depreciated in value" (Daniel Feller).

[Medieval Latin dēpreciāre, dēpreciāt-, alteration of Latin dēpretiāre : dē-, de- + pretium, price; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

de·pre′cia·ble (-shə-bəl) adj.
de·pre′ci·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.depreciating - tending to decrease or cause a decrease in value; "a depreciating currency"; "depreciatory effects on prices"
decreasing - becoming less or smaller
References in classic literature ?
"Yes," he said depreciatingly. "They ain't big enough to stand the strain.
Nor is there compensating influence in the adorable bridesmaids; for, having very little interest in the bride, and none at all in one another, those lovely beings become, each one of her own account, depreciatingly contemplative of the millinery present; while the bridegroom's man, exhausted, in the back of his chair, appears to be improving the occasion by penitentially contemplating all the wrong he has ever done; the difference between him and his friend Eugene, being, that the latter, in the back of HIS chair, appears to be contemplating all the wrong he would like to do--particularly to the present company.
Although sonnet 365 depreciatingly laments Petrarch's time spent loving a mortal thing, in the Secretum he denies ever having wasted his time in such a manner.