deprecate

dep"re*cate

(dp"r*kt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deprecated (-k`td); p. pr. & vb. n. Deprecating (-k`tng).] [L. deprecatus, p. p. of deprecari to avert by prayer, to deprecate; de- + precari to pray. See Pray.] To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer; to seek deliverance from; to express deep regret for; to desire the removal of. [archaic]
[1913 Webster]

2. To protest against; to advance reasons against.
[PJC]

His purpose was deprecated by all round him, and he was with difficulty induced to adandon it.
Sir W. Scott.
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3. To disapprove of strongly; to express a low opinion of.
[PJC]

 

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