Deprecate Definition

deprecated, deprecates, deprecating
deprecated, deprecates, deprecating
To feel and express disapproval of; plead against.
Webster's New World
To depreciate; belittle.
Webster's New World
To try to avert by prayer.
Webster's New World
To mark (a component of a software standard) as obsolete to warn against its use in the future so that it may be phased out.
American Heritage
To deprecate is defined as to show disapproval about something or someone or to belittle someone.
An example of deprecate is when you tell someone his idea is really stupid and that he should be quiet.

Origin of Deprecate

  • From Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari (“to pray against (a present or impending evil), pray for, intercede for (that which is in danger), rarely imprecate”), from de (“off”) + precari (“to pray”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin dēprecārī dēprecāt- to ward off by prayer dē- de- precārī to pray prek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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