the school deprecates this behavior

deplore, abhor, disapprove of, frown on, take a dim view of, take exception to, detest, despise; criticize, censure
praise, overrate

he deprecates the value of television

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deprecate, depreciate
The first of these has increasingly encroached on the figurative senses of the second, while the second has retreated into financial contexts. Deprecate means "disapprove earnestly" — e.g.: " ‘Well,’ he admitted, deprecatingly, ‘one can't suppress one's natural instincts altogether; even if one's reason and self-interest are all the other way.’ " (Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night; 1936)
Depreciate, transitively, means "belittle, disparage"; and intransitively, "fall in value" (used in reference to assets or investments).
The familiar phrase self-deprecating is, literally speaking, a virtual impossibility, except perhaps for those suffering from extreme neuroses. Thus self-depreciating, with depreciate in its transitive sense, has historically been viewed as the correct phrase — e.g.: "Sadly, Grizzard did not have the self-depreciating humor of a Jeff Foxworthy, the self-proclaimed redneck comedian." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch; July 25, 1996.)
Unfortunately, though, the form self-deprecating — despite its mistaken origins — is now 50 times as common in print as self-depreciating. Speakers of American English routinely use self-deprecating. However grudgingly, we must accord to it the status of standard English — e.g.: "He's smart, articulate, funny, alternately self-deprecating and proud of his success." (Los Angeles Times; Sept. 1, 1996.) — BG

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