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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]