What does the word depreciate mean?

Usage examples for depreciate

  1. Until very recently, when two new editions have made their appearance, there was for a time a certain tendency to bring Fletcher into greater prominence than his partner, but at the same time and on the whole to depreciate both. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  2. And thus, it is not at all from an over- pleasure in pleasing you, not at all from an inclination to depreciate myself, that I speak and feel as I do and must on some occasions; it is simply the consequence of a true comprehension of you and of me- and apart from it, I should not be abler, I think, but less able, to assist you in anything. – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  3. Our ills are so deep- seated that in nearly every civilized country racial values would continue to depreciate even if all three were carried into effect. – The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard