deprecate DEP-rih-kayt, transitive verb:
1. [Archaic] To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer.
It brings to mind the times I’ve deprecated code with that thought: “Dear God, please, stop anyone from using this.”
I have since learnt that the only way to stop people using deprecated code is to provide an alternative and remove it completely. God helps those who help themselves.