dep·​re·​cate | \ ˈde-pri-ˌkāt How to pronounce deprecate (audio) \
deprecated; deprecating; deprecates

Definition of deprecate

transitive verb

1 : to express disapproval of deprecates such attempts at humor
2a : 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
3 : 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
4a : to seek to avert deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people— Tobias Smollett
b archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)

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Other Words from deprecate

deprecation \ ˌde-​pri-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce deprecation (audio) \ 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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He was struck by Elvis’s between-song banter, which the singer filled with self-deprecating jokes and sarcasm. Geoff Edgers, Twin Cities, "The summer of 1969: When Elvis made his true comeback — Vegas-style," 9 Aug. 2019 He was struck by Elvis’s between-song banter, which the singer filled with self-deprecating jokes and sarcasm. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "The summer of 1969: When Elvis made his true comeback," 7 Aug. 2019 Following its long arc, the franchise has traveled from credible working-class grit to the self-consciously absurd and costs be damned, but with the saving grace of self-deprecating humor. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw': Film Review," 31 July 2019 Johnson’s wit is irresistibly British: self-deprecating. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Who Is Boris Johnson?," 19 July 2019 The film heavily relies on Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa to bring self-deprecating Disney jokes to lighten the mood. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "'The Lion King' review: It's the circle of life that we get a remake, but is it good?," 11 July 2019 Much of the segment’s power came from Le Batard’s articulate passion; for all his self-deprecating irreverence, Le Batard is known for his intelligence and moral authority. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Dan Le Batard and the Refusal to Ignore Politics," 25 July 2019 Another inside joke is about one of French Jewry’s legendary figures, singer Enrico Macias, who at 81 delivers a hilarious and self-deprecating portrayal of himself as a cheap, slightly clueless and ultimately kindhearted geezer. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Netflix show ‘Family Business’ is a French-Jewish version of ‘Breaking Bad’," 10 July 2019 But that mishap led to some pretty funny self-deprecating tweets, as fans joked about their inability to read properly. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Halle Berry or Halle Bailey? Live-action 'Little Mermaid' casting has fans confused," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of deprecate

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

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

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

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