From Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari (“to pray against (a present or impending evil), pray for, intercede for (that which is in danger), rarely imprecate”), from de (“off”) + precari (“to pray”).
- To belittle or express disapproval of.
- He deprecates any praise of his own merits.
- They deprecated the attempt to deny aid to homeless people.
- She deprecated any action which might disturb the peace.
- To declare something obsolescent; to recommend against a function, technique, command, etc. that still works but has been replaced.
- The bold tag has been deprecated in favour of the strong tag.
- It is still supported but strongly deprecated.
- (archaic) To pray against.
- Do not confuse with depreciate (“to decline in value”).
express disapproval of
to pray against
- deprecate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- deprecate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- “deprecate” at OneLook Dictionary Search