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”).
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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