Thursday, March 27, 2003
deprecate transitive verb [DEP-rih-kayt] [Archaic] To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer.
Definitions for deprecate
- [Archaic] To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer.
- To disapprove of strongly.
- To belittle; to depreciate.
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Citations for deprecate
Although Stalin at times deprecated his cult, he also tolerated and perhaps covertly encouraged it.
Copland humorously deprecated his looks, finding in his gaunt physique, narrow face, prominent nose, and buckteeth a comic resemblance to a giraffe.
Origin of deprecate
Deprecate comes from the past participle of Latin deprecari, "to avert by prayer, to deprecate," from de-, "from" + precari, "to pray."