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- Reduce in value over time
- To belittle
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
De*pre"ci*ate (?), v. t. [imp.
& p. p. Depreciated (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Depreciating (?).] [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.
Which . . . some over-severe philosophers may look
upon fastidiously, or undervalue and depreciate.
To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we
are obliged to depreciate the value of freedom
Syn. -- To decry; disparage; traduce; lower; detract;
underrate. See Decry.
De*pre"ci*ate, v. i. To fall in
value; to become of less worth; to sink in estimation; as, a paper
currency will depreciate, unless it is convertible into
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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