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deprecate

verb

Definition: to express condemnation of something or somebody

Synonyms: deplore, criticize, disparage, object, censure, disapprove

Antonyms: commend, endorse

Tips: The adjective deprecating is commonly used in the expression "self-deprecating" to describe someone making fun of or criticizing him or her self. The noun deprecation refers to the act of expressing criticism.

Usage Examples:

Her self-deprecating comments were a way of dealing with her insecurities. (disparaging) adjective

The critic had many deprecating comments about the movie, so very few people went to go see it. (criticizing, disapproving) adjective

The comedian decided to self-deprecate when most of his jokes fell flat. (disparage)

To deprecate a personís work is to risk alienating that person. (criticize)


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