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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Like so many young women of her generation, Rhoda–a frank, neurotic Bronx Jew with a self-deprecating sense of humor–both benefited from and struggled with unprecedented independence. Judy Berman, Time, "How Valerie Harper Paved the Way for Today's Sitcom Women," 5 Sep. 2019 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 The app also set up the perfect lightly self-deprecating joke for the countless attractive celebrities who took part in the FaceApp Challenge. John Herrman, New York Times, "FaceApp Is the Future," 24 July 2019 Tom was a great storyteller whose deadpan, self-deprecating sense of humor introduced joy to life's most mundane moments., "Thomas D. Murphy," 12 July 2019 Younger creators are trying to become the next Emma Chamberlain, using self-deprecating humor and behind-the-scenes clips from editing sessions to connect with their viewers. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "David Dobrik helped redefine YouTube culture four years ago, and people are celebrating," 30 July 2019 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 Throughout Stuber, Bautista's physical presence easily plays off Nanjiani's deadpan, self-deprecating, and intellectual comedy stylings. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Stuber review: The world’s worst Uber ride becomes pure popcorn comedy," 12 July 2019 Gloria is an empathic, good-natured consensus builder, with a dry, self-deprecating wit. Karen Karbo, National Geographic, "How Gloria Steinem became the 'world’s most famous feminist'," 25 Mar. 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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23 Sep 2019

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The first known use of deprecate was in 1628

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English Language Learners Definition of deprecate

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

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