Definition of deprecate
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
deprecatinglyplay \-ˌkā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
deprecationplay \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
Recent Examples of deprecate from the Web
With his distinctive sweet-sly delivery, keen wit and self-deprecating likability, Funches has always been an original.
Jon Watts, whose low-budget indie Cop Car is well worth seeking out, is an extremely lively director, and perfectly matches Peter Parker's witty, oftentimes self-deprecating demeanor.
Mr. Tomkins noted that Mr. Benson had made his boast sound self-deprecating.
The only question is who could crack the better self-deprecating joke.
But the self-deprecating star is best remembered for her comedies.
The intelligence establishment, which Trump has deprecated over the issue of Russian hacking, owes him no favors and less respect.
In a career that seemed impervious to critical drubbing, Roger Moore owed his enduring box office appeal to exceptionally good looks, terrific luck and a self-deprecating charm.
Benaim said self-deprecating humor is an easy place to start.
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Definition of deprecate for English Language Learners
: to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)
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