Deprecating
deprecate dep"re*cate (d[e^]p"r[-e]*k[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deprecated} (-k[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Deprecating} (-k[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L. deprecatus, p. p. of deprecari to avert by prayer, to deprecate; de- + precari to pray. See {Pray}.] To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer; to seek deliverance from; to express deep regret for; to desire the removal of. [archaic] [1913 Webster]

2. To protest against; to advance reasons against. [PJC]

His purpose was deprecated by all round him, and he was with difficulty induced to adandon it. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. To disapprove of strongly; to express a low opinion of. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • deprecating — also dep.re.ca.to.ry adjective 1 expressing criticism or disapproval: She made several deprecating remarks about my dress sense. 2 words or actions that are deprecating are intended to make someone feel less annoyed or disapproving: “He s not… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • deprecating — dep|re|cat|ing [ˈdeprıkeıtıŋ] adj also dep|re|ca|to|ry [ˈdeprıkeıtəri US ˈdeprıkəto:ri] formal 1.) expressing criticism or disapproval ▪ She glanced at me in a deprecating way. 2.) BrE intended to make someone feel less annoyed or disapproving ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • deprecating — [[t]de̱prɪkeɪtɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED A deprecating attitude, gesture, or remark shows that you think that something is not very good, especially something associated with yourself. [WRITTEN] Erica responded by making a little deprecating shrug.… …   English dictionary

  • deprecating — adjective tending to diminish or disparage (Freq. 1) belittling comments managed a deprecating smile at the compliment deprecatory remarks about the book a slighting remark • Syn: ↑belittling, ↑deprecative, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • deprecating — adjective In manner that deprecates; insulting; belittling …   Wiktionary

  • deprecating — dep·re·cate || deprɪkeɪt v. disapprove; protest against; belittle, disparage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • self-deprecating — also self deprecating, 1958, from SELF (Cf. self) + deprecating (see DEPRECATE (Cf. deprecate)) …   Etymology dictionary

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