v. express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post must deprecate the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.
Sentence in Classic:
I learned, from the views of social life which it developed, to admire their virtues and to deprecate the vices of mankind.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
As Duncan dared not retort upon his accuser by reminding him of his own premeditated treachery, and disdained to deprecate his resentment by any words of apology, he remained silent.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
A man who advocates aesthetic effort and deprecates social effort is only likely to be understood by a class to which social effort has become a stale matter.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
The Jondrette, touched by his compliment, deprecated it with the affected airs of a flattered monster.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo Context