Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of deprecating.
  • n. A praying against evil; prayer that an evil may be removed or prevented; strong expression of disapprobation.
  • n. Entreaty for pardon; petitioning.
  • n. An imprecation or curse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of deprecating; a praying against evil; prayer that an evil may be removed or prevented.
  • n. Entreaty for pardon; petitioning.
  • n. An imprecation or curse.
  • n. A strong expression of disapprobation; an expression of a low opinion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of deprecating something, as harm or disapproval; counter-prayer or petition; earnest desire for exemption or deliverance.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. In litanies, a petition to be delivered from some evil, temporal or spiritual.
  • n. 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. An imprecation; a curse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
  • n. the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)

Etymologies

From Middle French deprecation (French: déprécation), from Latin dēprecātiōnem, from dēprecātiō ("deprecation, invocation"), from dēprecor ("avert, warn off; deprecate"). (Wiktionary)

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