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  • The dollar depreciated relative to the yuan.
  • Although the rental house increased in value, they were able to depreciate it for tax purposes.
  • They can claim a profit by depreciating equipment over 20 years, but many analysts believe the equipment will be nearly valueless in 10 years.
  • Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • If only you could realize the absolute absurdity of any of you attempting to depreciate a person so immeasurably above you
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Illustrious Prince
  • Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty’s jewels and gifts.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • But a car is a consumable item, not an asset. Esther’s not investing the money she puts into it, because it will automatically begin to depreciate.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • During the weeks I had known her she had been aggravatingly conservative and low-keyed in her dress (aside from the flair for costumery she shared with Nathan, which was a different matter) and wore clothes clearly not calculated to focus eyes on her body, especially her upper torso; she was excessively demure even at a time in fashion when the womanly figure, badly depreciated, was rather down and out.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Ah, depreciate other persons’ dinners; you ministers give such splendid ones."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But what further depreciates the whale as a civilized dish, is his exceeding richness.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • ’No one has a right to talk in that manner, and I won’t hear my brother depreciated in silence!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ’Of course you Englishmen are all the same about your homes,’ she said, her voice becoming louder and louder, ’you depreciate them so as not to seem proud.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • It’s based naturally on a depreciated figure for a clear safety margin.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I depreciated Paris; I depreciated France.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men; his labor would be depreciated in the market.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The wealthy inhabitants oppos’d any addition, being against all paper currency, from an apprehension that it would depreciate, as it had done in New England, to the prejudice of all creditors.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Just as it belonged to his boastfulness to depreciate his own extraction, so it belonged to it to exalt Mrs. Sparsit’s.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • But uncle Pullet, when entreated to exhibit his accomplishment, never depreciated it by a too-ready consent.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Instead of improving the soil, they persist in keeping up the pasture lands, however depreciated they may be in value, and the lazy borough, growing away from the plain, has naturally spread riverwards.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Mrs. Penniman took herself off, with whatever air of depreciated merit was at her command, and repaired to Catherine’s room, where the poor girl was closeted.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It was a dislike so little just—every imputed fault was so magnified by fancy, that she never saw Jane Fairfax the first time after any considerable absence, without feeling that she had injured her; and now, when the due visit was paid, on her arrival, after a two years’ interval, she was particularly struck with the very appearance and manners, which for those two whole years she had been depreciating.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • People described with relish, afterwards, how cleverly he had "taken down" all the witnesses for the prosecution, and as far as possible perplexed them and, what’s more, had aspersed their reputation and so depreciated the value of their evidence.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The sense that Sir James was depreciating Will, and behaving rudely to him, roused her resolution and dignity: there was no touch of confusion in her manner.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • In reality, to depreciate a book maliciously, or even wantonly, is at least a very ill-natured office; and a morose snarling critic may, I believe, be suspected to be a bad man.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Ada and I agreed, as we talked together for a little while upstairs, that this caprice about the wind was a fiction and that he used the pretence to account for any disappointment he could not conceal, rather than he would blame the real cause of it or disparage or depreciate any one.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The sculptor had also recorded certain anecdotes of Aristotle and Virgil, precisely as Francoise in her kitchen would break into speech about Saint Louis as though she herself had known him, generally in order to depreciate, by contrast with him, my grandparents, whom she considered less ’righteous.’
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • To be sure, he exaggerated rather than depreciated the merits of his new acquaintance; but still he took it as a kind of personal offence that he should have any merits at all—in the eyes of this particular young lady, that is; for elsewhere he was quite welcome to have as many as he pleased.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • A second and more practical, but less systematic, form of this Socialism sought to depreciate every revolutionary movement in the eyes of the working class, by showing that no mere political reform, but only a change in the material conditions of existence, in economic relations, could be of any advantage to them.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • …to her brother’s; and as Miss Bertram caught at the idea likewise, and gave it her full support, declaring that, in her opinion, it was infinitely better to consult with friends and disinterested advisers, than immediately to throw the business into the hands of a professional man, Mr. Rushworth was very ready to request the favour of Mr. Crawford’s assistance; and Mr. Crawford, after properly depreciating his own abilities, was quite at his service in any way that could be useful.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • My debtors were failing, the paper money was depreciating.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Lack of private and public confidence has depreciated property.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It can depreciate their value, especially if the females are going to purchased for breeding.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • With what propriety, therefore, or for what good purposes, are attempts at this particular period made by some men to depreciate the importance of the Union?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Iron cannot rust, nor beer sour, nor timber rot, nor calicoes go out of fashion, nor money stocks depreciate, in the few swift moments in which the Yankee suffers any one of them to remain in his possession.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • In the ages in which active life is the condition of almost everyone, men are therefore generally led to attach an excessive value to the rapid bursts and superficial conceptions of the intellect; and, on the other hand, to depreciate below their true standard its slower and deeper labors.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • And I resolve, for my part, not to depreciate him.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • To this Mary very gravely replied, "Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Will Helen’s condition depreciate the property?"
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • What are the real motives behind current attempts to depreciate the importance of the Union?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I don’t depreciate her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I depreciated Paris; I depreciated France.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She did not feel that her husband’s conduct was depreciated; but this notion of what justice had required in his relations with Will Ladislaw took strong hold on her mind.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He never made the representation, on the contrary seemed to laugh the idea to scorn; but it did happen that, with all his pains to depreciate himself, he was always in the superior position.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I was observing you both when you were walking in the garden, and, on my honor, without at all wishing to depreciate the beauty of Mademoiselle Danglars, I cannot understand how any man can really love her.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • There are not many grown and matured men living while we speak, good men too, who if they were thrown into this same court as suitors would not be vitally changed and depreciated within three years—within two—within one.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The price of improved land in most parts of the country is much lower than can be accounted for by the quantity of waste land at market, and can only be fully explained by that want of private and public confidence, which are so alarmingly prevalent among all ranks, and which have a direct tendency to depreciate property of every kind.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • ’Though, as I often tell you,’ returned Clennam, ’you unreasonably depreciate your business qualities.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Indeed, he began to look on all the favours he had received rather as wages than benefits, which depreciated not only her, but himself too in his own conceit, and put him quite out of humour with both.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Despite his presence of mind, however, the speech of Mr F.’s Aunt produced a depressing effect on the little assembly; firstly, because it was impossible to disguise that Clennam’s unoffending head was the particular temple of reason depreciated; and secondly, because nobody ever knew on these occasions whose Uncle George was referred to, or what spectral presence might be invoked under that appellation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The doubt hinted by Mr. Vincy whether it were only the general election or the end of the world that was coming on, now that George the Fourth was dead, Parliament dissolved, Wellington and Peel generally depreciated and the new King apologetic, was a feeble type of the uncertainties in provincial opinion at that time.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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