The spirit of military subordination is not favorable to retort, nor even to deprecation.
"I was obliged to go to college, sir," said Arthur, in a tone of deprecation.
In this I have received from some a degree of credit for having kept silence, and from others some deprecation.
"My dear, I never said a word but what it was good; I never had any other thought," returned he, with deprecation.
I had been over-hasty in my deprecation; I owed as much to Pugh.
The hand of the man dropped in outward motion of deprecation.
Oh,” replied Findlayson, with a gesture of deprecation, “you are not a clam!
Beasley was serious again, and wore an air of deprecation when he answered her.
What ardor, too, for the newest science, what worship of Descartes and deprecation of the philosophers before him!
“You are far too kind to my poor accomplishments,” he said in deprecation.
c.1500, "prayer to avert evil," from Middle French deprécation, from Latin deprecationem (nominative deprecatio), from past participle stem of deprecari "plead in excuse, avert by prayer," literally "to pray (something) away," from de- "away" (see de-) + precari "pray" (see pray). Sense of "disapproval" is first attested 1610s.
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.