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deprecate

Line breaks: dep¦re|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛprɪkeɪt
 
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Definition of deprecate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Express disapproval of: what I deprecate is persistent indulgence (as adjective deprecating) he sniffed in a deprecating way
More example sentences
  • They have no use for deprecating comparisons of the city's ‘winter’ with much more chill conditions elsewhere in the State this winter.
  • Rather, he spends most of his time deprecating our political system and telling readers it's not worth getting involved in.
  • He deprecates Dylan's uncontrollable taste for sugary snacks: ‘It starts with some sweets… ‘he drones knowingly, ‘and then you're on two bags a day.’
Synonyms
disapprove of, deplore, abhor, find unacceptable, be against, frown on, take a dim view of, look askance at, take exception to, detest, despise, execrate;
criticize, censure, condemn, denounce, protest against, inveigh against, rail against
informal knock, slam, hammer, cane, blast, bad-mouth, pull to pieces, pull apart, hit out at
British informal slate, slag off, rubbish
archaic slash, vituperate against, reprobate
rare animadvert on, asperse, derogate
1.1 (be deprecated) (Chiefly of a software feature) be usable but regarded as obsolete and best avoided, typically because it has been superseded: this feature is deprecated and will be removed in later versions (as adjective deprecated) avoid the deprecated <blink> element that causes text to flash on and off
More example sentences
  • Note that if you're using an Android or iOS remote, some may not work, as the HTTP API is now deprecated in XBMC.
  • Over time many of the older APIs have been deprecated or removed entirely.
  • Users should take note of the deprecated features which are to be completely removed in future versions.
2 another term for depreciate (sense 2). he deprecates the value of children’s television
More example sentences
  • A series of recent cases have tended to deprecate the value of confidentiality in witness statements.
  • Depending on context, autonomy can be valued or deprecated, viewed as both counter to or in accordance with local understandings of behaviour.
  • However, she describes Stephanie as deprecating herself and repeated her reference to swimming like a three-legged dog.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'pray against'): from Latin deprecat- 'prayed against (as being evil)', from the verb deprecari, from de- (expressing reversal) + precari 'pray'.

Derivatives

deprecatingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Oh, and it seems that the tactic is to look deprecatingly at each item you are interested in, lest someone else think you are getting excited and start bidding against you.
  • ‘That was a close one,’ said Jacob deprecatingly.
  • ‘Oh, I need both for my work, and I have a lot of practice,’ Yasmin laughed, deprecatingly.

deprecation

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • So what do we get this year, without the slightest hint of deprecation?
  • He lost the ticket too, so he returned from his beat with a face like thunder snarling dire deprecations at the scavenger hunters.
  • Their efforts deserve praise rather than deprecation.

deprecative

3
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛprɪkətɪv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • He has a proposition for James, which he puts to him in deprecative terms typical of their mutual origins.
  • He is the rarest kind of supersalesman: an uncomplicated man who is genuinely deprecative of himself and sold on his product.
  • It has as its mortal enemies the deprecative and the depressing.

deprecator

4
noun
Example sentences
  • This faculty, he went on, aiming at his deprecators, is ‘unfolded in few individuals and despised by those who can neither acquire it nor appreciate its results.’
  • The city critics and deprecators needed to know that there were processes being put in place, strategies being developed and people still committed to the revival of the city.
  • They became to be viewed as a set of robbers and deprecators, banded together solely for the purpose of plunder, and acting without authority of law or order.

Words that rhyme with deprecate

fabricatemetricate

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