When you express your extreme disapproval of something, that's deprecation. Your health teacher's deprecation of sugary snacks may change your eating habits — or it might just make you feel a little guilty for enjoying your jelly beans.

Deprecation can take many forms, from a blistering opinion piece in the newspaper criticizing a political figure to your mom's subtle facial expression that tells you she wishes you'd worn a clean shirt to church. Self-deprecation is when you criticize yourself or put yourself down. A more old-fashioned meaning of this word is "a prayer to avert evil," from the Latin deprecari, "to avert by prayer" or "to pray away."

Definitions of deprecation
  1. noun
    a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
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    type of:
    orison, petition, prayer
    reverent petition to a deity
  2. noun
    the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)
    synonyms: denigration
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    type of:
    disparagement, dispraise
    the act of speaking contemptuously of
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