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deprecate (v.)

1620s, "to pray against or for deliverance from, pray the removal or deliverance from," from Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari "to pray (something) away," from de "away" (see de-) + precari "to pray" (from PIE root *prek- "to ask, entreat"). Meaning "to express disapproval, urge against" is from 1640s. Related: Deprecated, deprecating.

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Definitions of deprecate from WordNet

deprecate (v.)
express strong disapproval of; deplore;
deprecate (v.)
belittle;
The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts
Synonyms: depreciate / vilipend
From wordnet.princeton.edu