Dep"re*cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deprecated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deprecating (?).] [L. deprecatus, p. p. of deprecari to avert by player, to deprecate; de- + precari to pray. See Pray.]
To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by player; to desire the removal of; to seek deliverance from; to express deep regret for; to disapprove of strongly.
His purpose was deprecated by all round him, and he was with difficulty induced to adandon it.
Sir W. Scott.
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