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deprecate

To make invalid or obsolete by removing or flagging the item. When commands or statements in a language are planned for deletion in future releases of the compiler or rendering engine, they are said to be deprecated. Programmers should begin to remove them from the source code in subsequent revisions of their programs. See flagging and nugatory.
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I cannot find words that deprecate that attitude with sufficient gravity."
Mark David Chapman, the man convicted of murdering John Lennon outside the former Beatle's Manhattan apartment building in 1980, has been denied a request for parole for the fifth time.The two-member New York State Board of Parole said in its brief decision that discretional release for Chapman, 53, is C[pounds sterling]not compatible with the welfare of society at large.C[yen]The board said Chapman's release C[pounds sterling]would tend to deprecate the seriousnessC[yen] of the crime C[pounds sterling]and undermine respect for the lawC[yen].It called Lennon's murder C[pounds sterling]a horrendously tragic event which has impacted many individualsC[yen].
Along about the 1960s, however, CFR policy wonks began a campaign to deprecate the word and the concept, associating it with anarchy.
I had the feeling that he couldn't understand why we had handed him pages of self-deprecating jokes to tell to the people who deprecate him for a living.
"Those who profess freedom and yet deprecate agitation are people who want crops without plowing the ground.