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1 to diminish the price or value of
  • a faded finish will really depreciate your car when you decide to trade it in

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2 to express scornfully one's low opinion of
  • dared to depreciate Shakespeare, saying his works have no relevance for modern audiences

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How does the verb depreciate contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of depreciate are belittle, decry, and disparage. While all these words mean "to express a low opinion of," depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed.

critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental

When is belittle a more appropriate choice than depreciate?

While in some cases nearly identical to depreciate, belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude.

belittled the achievements of others

In what contexts can decry take the place of depreciate?

The words decry and depreciate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit.

decried their defeatist attitude

When might disparage be a better fit than depreciate?

Although the words disparage and depreciate have much in common, disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison.

disparaged polo as a game for the rich

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The first known use of depreciate was in the 15th century

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“Depreciate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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