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Meaning of DEPRECATE

Pronunciation:  'depru`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts"
  2. [v]  express strong disapproval of; deplore

DEPRECATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: depreciate
 See Also: belittle, deflate, disapprove, disparage, pick at, puncture, reject



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 player, to deprecate; de- + precari to
pray. See {Pray}.]
To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer; to
desire the removal of; to seek deliverance from; to express
deep regret for; to disapprove of strongly.

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

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: belittle, bemoan, bewail, de-emphasize, denigrate, deplore, depreciate, derogate, despise, detract, discommend, discountenance, disdain, disesteem, disfavor, disparage, dispraise, disvalue, downplay, frown, hold in contempt, lament, make light of, make little of, make nothing of, minimize, misestimate, misprize, object, play down, put down, ridicule, sell short, set at naught, set little by, shrug off, think little of, think nothing of, underestimate, underplay, underprize, underrate, underreckon, undervalue