Insult and criticize

deprecate
(v)
DEP-rǝ-cate
Meaning

1. express disapproval of; protest against

1st Sample Sentence

1. When he disinherited his son, many relatives came to deprecate such a harsh deed and beg him to change his mind.

2nd Meaning

2. belittle

2nd Sample Sentence

2. He has a tendency to deprecate his own talents and achievements.

Root

de (away)#precari (to pray, ask, beg, request) (Latin)

Synonyms

censure, decry, denounce, deplore, deprecate, impugn, lambaste, reproach, upbraid

Antonyms

extol, laud, lionize

Mnemonics

You can think of it as the opposite of appreciate (as in devalue against value). So lack of appreciation;ie, humiliation or belittling.

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