Expostulate vs Deprecate - What's the difference?

expostulate | deprecate |

As verbs the difference between expostulate and deprecate

is that expostulate is to protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct while deprecate is to belittle or express disapproval of.




  • To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
  • * Jowett
  • Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
  • * 1719,
  • The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life.
  • * 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XI, ''The Abbot’s Ways
  • […] he affectionately loved many persons to whom he never or hardly ever shewed a countenance of love. Once on my venturing to expostulate with him on the subject, he reminded me of Solomon: “Many sons I have; it is not fit that I should smile on them.”


    * challenge * demur * except * inveigh * kick * object * protest * remonstrate * squawk ----




  • To belittle or express disapproval of.
  • He deprecates any praise of his own merits.
    They deprecated the attempt to deny aid to homeless people.
    She deprecated any action which might disturb the peace.
  • To declare something obsolescent; to recommend against a function, technique, command, etc. that still works but has been replaced.
  • The bold tag has been deprecated in favour of the strong tag.
    It is still supported but strongly deprecated .
  • (archaic) To pray against.
  • Derived terms

    * self-deprecating

    Usage notes

    * Do not confuse with depreciate.