from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To express disapproval of; deplore.
- transitive v. To belittle; depreciate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To belittle or express disapproval of.
- v. To declare something obsolescent; to recommend against a function, technique, command, etc. that still works but has been replaced.
- v. To pray against.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To protest against; to advance reasons against.
- transitive v. To disapprove of strongly; to express a low opinion of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pray against; pray or entreat the removal or prevention of; pray or desire deliverance from.
- To plead or argue earnestly against; urge reasons against; express disapproval of: said of a scheme, purpose, and the like.
- To imprecate; invoke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. belittle
- v. express strong disapproval of; deplore
Latin dēprecārī, dēprecāt-, to ward off by prayer : dē-, de- + precārī, to pray; see prek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari ("to pray against (a present or impending evil), pray for, intercede for (that which is in danger), rarely imprecate"), from de ("off") + precari ("to pray"). (Wiktionary)