dep·​re·​cate | \ˈde-pri-ˌkāt \
deprecated; deprecating; deprecates

Definition of deprecate 

transitive verb

1a archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)

b : to seek to avert deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people— Tobias Smollett

2 : to express disapproval of deprecates such attempts at humor

3a : play down : make little of speaks five languages … but deprecates this facilityTime

b : belittle, disparage the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelistsNew Yorker

4 : to withdraw official support for or discourage the use of (something, such as a software product) in favor of a newer or better alternative … the Google Drive app for PC and Mac is officially being deprecated and the company's developers announced in a blog post that it will no longer be supported starting December 11. Instead, you'll need to choose from one of two new apps.— Rhett Jones In the case of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is deprecating and removing more than 20 features.— Mauro Huculak

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Other Words from deprecate

deprecatingly \ -​ˌkā-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb
deprecation \ ˌde-​pri-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

Examples of deprecate in a Sentence

movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecating the comedy as the stupidest movie of the year deprecates TV sitcoms as childish and simpleminded

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The vernacular idiom that Hurston valued Wright and others deprecated as backward; her literary concern with romantic love was considered frivolous and even vulgar. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 But after a 2017 parade that caused an uproar, the satirical krewe put the fun back into its Fat Tuesday broadsides, along with an extra dose of self-deprecating cleverness. Lawrence Specker,, "Comic Cowboys stay tacky, but keep it fun for Mardi Gras 2018," 13 Feb. 2018 Here, Harmon is open, self-deprecating, and not really profiting from it. Sean O'neal, GQ, "The Tortured Mind Of Dan Harmon," 30 May 2018 Weiss, who possesses an abundance of self-deprecating charm and humility, aims to make the Touchpoint experience uniquely egalitarian. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "How to Create an Open Environment for Talking About Sex," 23 Feb. 2018 Andre’s self-deprecating asides have the wisdom of Buddhist koans. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Review: New Oprah pick 'An American Marriage' is brilliant, timely," 6 Feb. 2018 Then there's sweet and self-deprecating Tyler, who has two mysterious cysts on his face and a worrisome family history of cancer., "The First Episode Of Dr. Pimple Popper Is A Popaholic's Dream Come True," 12 July 2018 Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter The self-deprecating star was not done there, and also gave fans a laugh by pretending to have some sticky fingers inside a Sephora store. Alexia Fernandez,, "Chrissy Teigen Risks the Wrath of Mommy Shamers as She Tries to Achieve the Perfect Family Photo," 2 July 2018 But Jeremy preempted the trolls by using some self-deprecating humor. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Jeremy and Audrey Roloff Immediately Got Mean Comments After Returning to Instagram," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deprecate

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deprecate

Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari to avert by prayer, from de- + precari to pray — more at pray

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English Language Learners Definition of deprecate

: to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)

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something that serves to warn or remind

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