1. [syn: belittling, deprecating, deprecative, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, slighting]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
deprecate \dep"re*cate\ (d[e^]p"r[-e]*k[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Deprecated (-k[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
Deprecating (-k[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [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]
2. To protest against; to advance reasons against.
His purpose was deprecated by all round him, and he
was with difficulty induced to adandon it. --Sir W.
3. To disapprove of strongly; to express a low opinion of.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: tending to diminish or disparage; "belittling comments";
"managed a deprecating smile at the compliment";
"deprecatory remarks about the book"; "a slighting
remark" [syn: belittling, deprecating, deprecative,
deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory,