Definition of deprecate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Express disapproval of.

    ‘what I deprecate is persistent indulgence’
    • ‘Addition of an antibiotic or other stronger drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be deprecated.’
    • ‘Seeing the insipid life in the city and listening to the babblings of old men praising the past and deprecating every progressive step was unbearable.’
    • ‘Luck is a concept that is deprecated in our go-getting entrepreneurial society.’
    • ‘It is appreciated by those who benefit from it and deprecated by some who don't deserve to be treated so well.’
    • ‘As the court stated, such an ‘attitude [by the employer] is based on a fear psychosis and has to be deprecated in very strong terms.’’
    • ‘They have no use for deprecating comparisons of the city's ‘winter’ with much more chill conditions elsewhere in the State this winter.’
    • ‘The intellect is not cultivated, it is deprecated; discernment is not encouraged, nor wisdom, nor discrimination.’
    • ‘It is only to be deprecated in so far as there is a danger, which experience shows to be no trifling one.’
    • ‘But this blog strongly deprecates that kind of cynicism about politics.’
    • ‘Rather, he spends most of his time deprecating our political system and telling readers it's not worth getting involved in.’
    • ‘Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would ‘make’ war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would ‘accept’ war rather than let it perish, and the war came.’
    • ‘He further deprecated the program of acquiring and dividing the land of large farmers because their resultant insecurity would lessen their efforts to make their land more productive and invest money in permanent improvements.’
    • ‘Accordingly, frames should be deprecated in the design of new sites; and should preferably be phased out of existing designs.’
    • ‘Back then we deprecated the literal, physical world.’
    • ‘The Judge also deprecated the fact that no group litigation order had been made in the matter.’
    • ‘On this view, the following version would be deprecated.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘These common traits all arise from a fundamental dualism that privileges the spirit and deprecates the body.’
    • ‘The report deprecates the failure to make progress to remedy the effects of previous discriminatory legislation (now abolished) affecting property rights.’
    • ‘The winners were expected to feel proud and probably did, but they had to express their pride in a culture that deprecates the open expression of such feelings and so they used humour.’
    disapprove of, deplore, abhor, find unacceptable, be against, frown on, take a dim view of, look askance at, take exception to, detest, despise, execrate
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    1. 1.1be deprecated (chiefly of a software feature) be usable but regarded as obsolete and best avoided, typically due to having been superseded.
      ‘this feature is deprecated and will be removed in later versions’
      ‘avoid the deprecated element that causes text to flash on and off’
      • ‘Users should take note of the deprecated features which are to be completely removed in future versions.’
      • ‘The release notes draft already contains a detailed list of deprecated components and methods.’
      • ‘But this feature turned out to be bad for performance and was deprecated nearly a decade ago.’
      • ‘In addition to the major redesign, deprecated APIs are no longer included in the app and several bugs have been squashed.’
      • ‘The Encode and Decode APIs are still available but are deprecated.’
      • ‘Over time many of the older APIs have been deprecated or removed entirely.’
      • ‘Beware that using google chart tools to generate QR codes is deprecated.’
      • ‘Note that if you're using an Android or iOS remote, some may not work, as the HTTP API is now deprecated in XBMC.’
      • ‘The editor shows methods that are marked as deprecated and even comes with a clean up tool for automatically updating your code base, if possible.’
      • ‘The old console is still available but considered deprecated.’
  • 2

    ‘he deprecates the value of children's television’
    another term for depreciate (sense 2)
    • ‘Without in any way deprecating entrepreneurship and ingenuity, its power stems from its command of money and what money can buy.’
    • ‘Depending on context, autonomy can be valued or deprecated, viewed as both counter to or in accordance with local understandings of behaviour.’
    • ‘It is almost as if the more amazing our accomplishments, the more we must deprecate them.’
    • ‘A series of recent cases have tended to deprecate the value of confidentiality in witness statements.’
    • ‘‘The personality of the critic is much deprecated in our time,’ he wrote in the newspaper.’
    • ‘However, she describes Stephanie as deprecating herself and repeated her reference to swimming like a three-legged dog.’
    • ‘Cultivating or practicing such concern for others involved deprecating oneself.’
    • ‘He made a speech deprecating aged people, thus sparking harsh criticism from the general public and political parties.’
    • ‘Though Katherine, unfairly to my mind, deprecates the novels.’
    • ‘Curiously, Franklin deprecates me for calling the papers a ‘study.’’
    belittle, disparage, denigrate, run down, discredit, decry, cry down, play down, make little of, trivialize, underrate, undervalue, underestimate, diminish, depreciate, deflate
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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’.