depreciate

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Etymology[edit]

Latin depretiare, depreciare, to depreciate, from de- + pretium, price

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depreciate (third-person singular simple present depreciates, present participle depreciating, simple past and past participle depreciated)

  1. (transitive) To lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of; to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to undervalue.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Cudworth
      [] which [] some over-severe philosophers may look upon fastidiously, or undervalue and depreciate.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Burke
      To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to depreciate the value of freedom itself.
  2. (intransitive) To decline in value over time.
  3. (transitive) To belittle.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Do not confuse with deprecate, which means 'to disapprove of'. The meaning of deprecate has lately been encroaching on depreciate in the sense 'to belittle'.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (reduce in value over time):
  • (belittle): do down

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