Word of the Day: deprecate

The word deprecate has appeared in 130 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 2 in “He Says He’s No Murderer. That’s Why He’s Still in Prison” by Tom Robbins:

When Joseph Gordon, a 78-year-old man who has spent nearly three decades in prison for murder, went before the New York State parole board in March, among the letters supporting his bid for freedom was an extraordinary appeal.

… The parole board remained unpersuaded. “Your release at this time is not compatible with the welfare of society,” the panel ruled, “and would so deprecate the serious nature of your crime as to undermine respect for the law.” It was the fifth parole denial Mr. Gordon had received since 2017, when he completed the minimum term of his sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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