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Definition the decrease in the value of something — especially due to its wearing out or getting old

Archaic Usage:  At one time, depreciation was also commonly used to mean belittle, but today deprecation  has replaced that usage.
  • Part of the loss was attributed to the depreciation of the dollar against the yen.
  • He neglected to include equipment depreciation in his profit forecast.
  • We expect the company to lose money the first two years, but it should have a positive cash flow since much of its expense will be for depreciation on equipment for which the company has already paid.
  • He carried his head on one side, partly in modest depreciation of himself, partly in modest propitiation of everybody else.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • The IRS specified how to measure depreciation.
  • She was in a mood of self-depreciation.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Money, if kept by us, yields no rent and is liable to loss; if invested, is liable to depreciation of the particular kind of stock.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Mr. Tulkinghorn, profoundly attentive, throws this off with a shrug of self-depreciation and contracts his eyebrows a little more.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Prices kept going up and up, and depreciation of the paper money took a lot of the profit out of it.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • The depreciation of the rouble keeps me awake at night, Dmitri Fyodorovitch; people don't know that side of me—"
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Adams experienced firsthand the "amazing depreciation" of the currency, of prices so high as to be laughable under any other circumstances.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The Father of the Marshalsea said, with a shrug of modest self-depreciation, 'Oh!
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In a sulky triumph, Drummle showed his morose depreciation of the rest of us, in a more and more offensive degree, until he became downright intolerable.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • For three hours, she'd listened to Bob drone on and on about itemized deductions and capital gains distributions, depreciation and 401(k) rollovers.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • One reason that the Overlook has lost so much money lies in the depreciation that occurs each winter.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He carried his head on one side, partly in modest depreciation of himself, partly in modest propitiation of everybody else.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She had become almost indifferent to her mother's habitual depreciation of her, but she was keenly alive to any sanction of it, however passive, that she might suspect in Tom.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Most timidities have such secret compensations, and Miss Bart was discerning enough to know that the inner vanity is generally in proportion to the outer self-depreciation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He took pains to avoid self-depreciation, self-mockery, ambiguity, irony, subtlety, vulnerability, a civilized world-weariness and a tragic sense of history— the very things, he says, that are most natural to him.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The curate smoothed matters by promising to make good all losses to the best of his power, not only as regarded the wine-skins but also the wine, and above all the depreciation of the tail which they set such store by.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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