• WordNet 3.6
    • n deprecation the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)
    • n deprecation a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deprecation A strong expression of disapprobation; an expression of a low opinion.
    • Deprecation An imprecation or curse.
    • Deprecation Entreaty for pardon; petitioning.
    • Deprecation The act of deprecating; a praying against evil; prayer that an evil may be removed or prevented. "Humble deprecation ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deprecation The act of deprecating something, as harm or disapproval; counter-prayer or petition; earnest desire for exemption or deliverance.
    • n deprecation Specifically.
    • n deprecation In litanies, a petition to be delivered from some evil, temporal or spiritual. In Latin litanies each single deprecation is usually followed by the response, “Libera nos, Domine” (Deliver us, O Lord). In the Anglican litany the deprecations begin, “From all evil and mischief,” and end, “From hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word and Commandment,” and are collected in groups, after each of which comes the response, “Good Lord, deliver us.” The obsecrations, which succeed, have the same response. See litany.
    • n deprecation A praying for removal or prevention; entreaty or earnest desire for an averting or delaying: as, to urge reasons in deprecation of war or of a severe judgment; “deprecation of death,”
    • n deprecation An imprecation; a curse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deprecation act of deprecating, earnest prayer, esp. a special petition against some evil, in litanies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deprecatio,; cf. F. déprécation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deprecāri, deprecātusde, away, and precāri, to pray.


In literature:

She threw out a deprecating little gesture.
"The Battle Ground" by Ellen Glasgow
Then, with a certain bravado, oddly mingled with a deprecating air, she raised her eyes to his and bowed.
"Dr. Heidenhoff's Process" by Edward Bellamy
Psmith waved him back with a deprecating gesture.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
It seemed, with silent eloquence, to apologize and to deprecate.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He moved his head as in sign of deprecating submission.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Here he had spoken to Alain in deprecation of any possible alliance with Isaura Cicogna, the destined actress and public; singer.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
My only consolation is that one great error, which you most deprecated, I have escaped.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
Here, in Washington, one instinctively craves for something of that uniformity which one instinctively deprecates as an ideal for New York.
"America To-day, Observations and Reflections" by William Archer
Dora slipped in among them in her soft deprecating way, smiling at this one and that till she came to the stout cook.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There was something nervous in her expression, deprecating in her attitude.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens

In poetry:

If I but ope my lips, I sob;
If but an eyelid lift, I weep;
I deprecate all good or ill,
And only wish for endless sleep.
"To Mrs.----" by Frances Fuller Victor
And Man, whose mere necessities
Move all things from his path,
Trembles meanwhile at their decrees,
And deprecates their wrath!
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
"In the dread stillness of the night,
To lose the faint, faint sound of breath!
To listen in restrain'd affright,
To deprecate each thought of death!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
A common wayside flower it grew,
Unhandsome and unnoticed too,
Except in deprecation
That such an herb unreared by toil,
Prolific cumberer of the soil,
Defied extermination.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard

In news:

David Reutimann is generally the docile, self-deprecating type.
How much this modest, self-deprecating painter must have felt the danger of 'spoiling' this picture of midi light with his brush.
Donald Trump Is 'Gracious, Welcoming, Considerate and Self-Deprecating'.
Comedy's Self- Deprecating Pioneer Phyllis Diller Dies.
INTERVIEWS David Byrne and Will Oldham Pick Extremely Self- Deprecating Band Name.
'Saturday Night Live' Debuts Self- Deprecating Lindsay Lohan Promos (Video).
Helium's earnest embrace of primitive electronica on Magic is contagious: Instead of provoking deprecating snickers, passages as programmed as Pong arouse a curious nostalgia for music long deemed unsalvageable.
From self-deprecating, future superstar Maurice Edu to impish magician Ronnie O'Brien, this was a team full of lovable well, they certainly aren't losers.
An earnest spume from the post-Linklater, neo–brat pack known as Young Hollywood, I Love Your Work promises with its very title to be self-conscious, self-deprecating, self-glorifying, and self-mockingly witty.
San Francisco's new Roman Catholic archbishop made self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken-driving arrest during his formal installation ceremony, which came just days after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.
Comedy's Self-Deprecating Pioneer Phyllis Diller Dies.
INTERVIEWS David Byrne and Will Oldham Pick Extremely Self-Deprecating Band Name.
Donald Trump Is 'Gracious, Welcoming, Considerate and Self-Deprecating '.
INTERVIEWS Coldplay's 5 Most Self-Deprecating 'Colbert' Comments.
Coldplay's 5 Most Self-Deprecating 'Colbert' Comments.

In science:

Concerning this use of nonstandard analysis, one may safely say that the model in is deprecated, and the above text does not have any aspiration to compete with nonstandard analysis in that respect.
Nonstandard principles for generalized functions
Since version 10.2 many previously collected latch statistics have been deprecated.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
Backward Compatibility Wil l Always Give You Grief and Employ Secure Defaults both refer to changing, removing or deprecating features to provide a more secure product.
Functional Programming and Security
At the time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, the current version will be deprecated and - after a certain grace time - fall out of software support by Microsoft because the old version will have reached the end of its life time .
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
And on the other hand, for very new hardware drivers aren’t usually provided for older, deprecated versions of Microsoft Windows.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem