verb (used with object), dep·re·cat·ed, dep·re·cat·ing.
- to express earnest disapproval of.
- to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
- to depreciate; belittle.
- Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.
- to express disapproval of; protest against
- to depreciate (a person, someone’s character, etc); belittle
- archaic to try to ward off by prayer
1620s, “to pray against or for deliverance from,” from Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari “to pray (something) away” (see deprecation). Meaning “to express disapproval” is from 1640s. Related: Deprecated, deprecating.