dep·re·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deprecated p. pr. & vb. n. Deprecating ] 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. [archaic]
His purpose was deprecated by all round him, and he was with difficulty induced to adandon it. --Sir W. Scott.
adj : tending to diminish or disparage; "belittling comments";
"managed a deprecating smile at the compliment";
"deprecatory remarks about the book"; "a slighting
remark" [syn: belittling, deprecative, deprecatory,
depreciative, depreciatory, slighting]