Depreciate De*pre"ci*ate (d[-e]*pr[=e]"sh[i^]*[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depreciated} (d[-e]*pr[=e]"sh[i^]*[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Depreciating} (d[-e]*pr[=e]"sh[i^]*[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L. depretiatus, depreciatus, p. p. of depretiare, -ciare, to depreciate; de- + pretiare to prize, fr. pretium price. See {Price}.] To lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of; to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to undervalue. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Which . . . some over-severe philosophers may look upon fastidiously, or undervalue and depreciate. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to depreciate the value of freedom itself. --Burke.

Syn: To decry; disparage; traduce; lower; detract; underrate. See {Decry}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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