One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the school deprecates the social mixing of older and younger boys’
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
2‘he deprecates the value of children's television’
belittle, disparage, denigrate, run down, discredit, decry, cry down, play down, make little of, trivialize, underrate, undervalue, underestimate, diminish, depreciate, deflate
think little of, treat lightly, scoff at, sneer at, scorn, disdain
informal sell short, knock, pooh-pooh
archaic hold cheap
rare derogate, misprize, minify
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