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deprecate
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
to belittle (diminish the value of) or express disapproval of something
  • "Well, I don't know what fault you've got to find wi' me, Mr. Tulliver," said Mr. Moss, deprecatingly; "I know there isn't a day-laborer works harder."
    1.8 -- Book 1 Chapter 8 -- Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (78% in)
  • Mrs. Tulliver never went the length of quarrelling with her, any more than a water-fowl that puts out its leg in a deprecating manner can be said to quarrel with a boy who throws stones.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (11% in)
  • Mrs. Tulliver burst out crying afresh, and she sobbed with her handkerchief at her eyes a few moments, but then removing it, she said in a deprecating way, still half sobbing, as if she were called upon to speak before she could command her voice,— "And I did say to him times and times, 'Whativer you do, don't go to law,' and what more could I do?
    3.2 -- Book 3 Chapter 2 -- Mrs. Tulliver's Teraphim, or Household Gods (64% in)
  • "Eh, but a damaged thing," said Bob, in a tone of deprecating disgust.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (78% in)
  • Was it possible to quarrel with a creature who had such eyes,—defying and deprecating, contradicting and clinging, imperious and beseeching,— full of delicious opposites?
    6.6 -- Book 6 Chapter 6 -- Illustrating the Laws of Attraction (98% in)

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