transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari to avert by prayer, from de- + precari to pray — more at pray Date: 1628 1. a. archaic to pray against (as an evil) b. to seek to avert <
deprecate the wrath…of the Roman people — Tobias Smollett
2. to express disapproval of 3. a. play down ; make little of <
speaks five languages…but deprecates this facilityTime
b. belittle, disparage <
the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of…novelists — New Yorker
deprecatingly adverbdeprecation noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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