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[dep-ri-keyt] /ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), deprecated, deprecating.
to express earnest disapproval of.
to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
to depreciate; belittle.
Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.
Origin of deprecate
1615-25; < Latin dēprecātus prayed against, warded off (past participle of dēprecārī), equivalent to dē- de- + prec(ārī) to pray + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
deprecatingly, adverb
deprecation, noun
deprecator, noun
half-deprecating, adjective
half-deprecatingly, adverb
nondeprecating, adjective
nondeprecatingly, adverb
undeprecated, adjective
undeprecating, adjective
undeprecatingly, adverb
Can be confused
deprecate, depreciate (see usage note at the current entry)
1. condemn, denounce, disparage. See decry.
Usage note
An early and still the most current sense of deprecate is “to express disapproval of.” In a sense development still occasionally criticized by a few, deprecate has come to be synonymous with the similar but etymologically unrelated word depreciate in the sense “belittle”: The author modestly deprecated the importance of his work. In compounds with self-, deprecate has almost totally replaced depreciate in modern usage: Her self-deprecating account of her career both amused and charmed the audience. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for deprecatingly
Historical Examples
  • "Only a small escape passage," he said deprecatingly as the Hawk crouched, gun ready, his eyes on the suspected place in the wall.

    The Passing of Ku Sui Anthony Gilmore
  • "After all, if he is satisfied," begins Gertrude, deprecatingly.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • “I am afraid you will believe me less than ever,” said Andrew deprecatingly.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • "It is very full already, M. Valgrand," said Charlot deprecatingly.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • "Only in these little domestic matters," said Rhoda, deprecatingly.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • "It was just another crazy thought, I guess," Jed said deprecatingly.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Prescott said he thought he would push on, and the man looked at him deprecatingly.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan Harold Bindloss
  • "That is putting it a heap rough," deprecatingly declared the man.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • "Ye'll not be hard upon him, madam," said the old doctor, deprecatingly.

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant
  • "If the Señorita is pleased, old Benita is happy," she said deprecatingly.

British Dictionary definitions for deprecatingly


verb (transitive)
to express disapproval of; protest against
to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
(archaic) to try to ward off by prayer
Derived Forms
deprecating, adjective
deprecatingly, adverb
deprecation, noun
deprecative, adjective
deprecatively, adverb
deprecator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray
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Word Origin and History for deprecatingly



1620s, "to pray against or for deliverance from," from Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari "to pray (something) away" (see deprecation). Meaning "to express disapproval" is from 1640s. Related: Deprecated, deprecating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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