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.

1615–25; < Latin dēprecātus prayed against, warded off (past participle of dēprecārī), equivalent to dē- de- + prec(ārī) to pray + -ātus -ate1

deprecatingly, adverb
deprecation, noun
deprecator, noun
half-deprecating, adjective
half-deprecatingly, adverb
nondeprecating, adjective
nondeprecatingly, adverb
undeprecated, adjective
undeprecating, adjective
undeprecatingly, adverb

deprecate, depreciate (see usage note at the current entry).

1. condemn, denounce, disparage. See decry.

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
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deprecate (ˈdɛprɪˌkeɪt)
1.  to express disapproval of; protest against
2.  to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
3.  archaic to try to ward off by prayer
[C17: from Latin dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from M.Fr. deprécation, from L. deprecationem, from deprecari "plead in excuse, avert by prayer," lit. "to pray (something) away," from de- "away" + precari "pray." Sense of "show disapproval" is first attested 1610s.

1620s, "to pray against or for deliverance from," from L. deprecat-, pp. stem of deprecari "to pray (something) away" (see deprecation). Meaning "to express disapproval" is from 1640s. Related: Deprecated, deprecating.
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Example sentences
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a little self-deprecation.
Self-deprecation is an essential part of her appeal, too.
Savvy, satirical and fluent in pop culture, this voice also uses
  self-deprecation to inoculate against criticism.
And if history is any guide, presidential self-deprecation can go a long way at
  this type of gig.
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