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
The intelligence establishment, which Trump has deprecated over the issue of Russian hacking, owes him no favors and less respect.
His opening line, a lightly self-deprecating reference to Trump’s latest howler —
Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said with a self-deprecating smile.
The 33-year-old Mr. Civillico, who is also a master plate-spinner, embodies a self-deprecating attitude that may be requisite to making it as a daylight entertainer in Vegas.
Louis gave Atlanta fans at the Fabulous Fox Theatre a full 90 minutes of consistent laughs with his impressive mix of mordant observational humor, dirty imagery and self-deprecating stories about fatherhood –
For example, setting a trigger based on the number of hours spent using an online service could prompt the company to reach out to suggest ways to cut back or deprecate certain features.
Onstage, Ms. Kelly, 47, specializes in caustic, self-deprecating jokes that often play off her bookish looks and deadpan delivery.
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DEPRECATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deprecate for English Language Learners
: to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)
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