deprecate

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verb dep·re·cate \ˈde-pri-ˌkāt\

Definition of deprecate

deprecated

deprecating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  to pray against (as an evil) b :  to seek to avert <deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people — Tobias Smollett>

  3. 2 :  to express disapproval of

  4. 3 a :  play down :  make little of <speaks five languages … but deprecates this facility — Time> b :  belittle, disparage <the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelists — New Yorker>

deprecatingly

play \-ˌkā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

deprecation

play \ˌde-pri-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of deprecate in a sentence

  1. <movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecating the comedy as the stupidest movie of the year>

  2. <deprecates TV sitcoms as childish and simpleminded>

Origin and Etymology of deprecate

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


First Known Use: 1628


DEPRECATE Defined for English Language Learners

deprecate

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verb dep·re·cate \ˈde-pri-ˌkāt\

Definition of deprecate for English Language Learners

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



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