deprecate Definition

  • 1to express disapproval of something
  • 2to belittle or express mild disapproval of someone or something

Using deprecate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "deprecate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I deprecate the use of violence in resolving conflicts.

  • Example

    The company deprecated the old version of their software.

  • Example

    He deprecated his own achievements, saying they were nothing compared to his father's.

  • Example

    She deprecated her colleague's work in front of the boss.

deprecate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for deprecate

Idioms Using deprecate

  • to belittle oneself to the point of becoming insignificant or irrelevant


    She kept deprecating herself into oblivion, until no one took her seriously anymore.

  • to criticize someone or something by giving a compliment that is so faint as to be unconvincing


    He deprecated her work with faint praise, saying it was 'not bad, but not great either.'

  • to express disapproval of or distance oneself from past actions or beliefs


    He deprecated his earlier political views, saying he had changed his mind on many issues.

Phrases with deprecate

  • self-deprecating

    modest about or critical of oneself, especially humorously so


    His self-deprecating humor made everyone feel at ease.

  • humor that belittles or expresses mild disapproval of someone or something


    Her deprecating humor often made people feel uncomfortable.

  • a gesture that expresses disapproval or mild criticism


    He made a deprecating gesture when he saw the mess in the kitchen.

Origins of deprecate

from Latin 'deprecat-', meaning 'prayed against, warded off by prayers'


Summary: deprecate in Brief

'Deprecate' [ˈdɛprɪkeɪt] means to express disapproval or belittle someone or something. It can be used in various contexts, such as expressing disapproval of violence or criticizing an old version of software. 'Deprecate' can also be used in phrases like 'self-deprecating,' 'deprecating humor,' and idioms like 'deprecate oneself into oblivion,' which means to belittle oneself to the point of becoming insignificant.