[dih-plawr-uh-buh l, -plohr-]
- causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable: the deplorable death of a friend.
- causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad: This room is in deplorable order. You have deplorable manners!
Origin of deplorable
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Examples from the Web for deplorable
It is too late to help those who were killed by ISIS, but those who escaped and survived are living in deplorable conditions.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
September 28, 2014
The state of childcare in this nation goes from inadequate to deplorable, even as compared to the child care centers of the 1940s.Whither the Women’s Movement?
July 19, 2014
FCC chairman Michael Powell deemed it “classless, crass and deplorable.”Super Bowl’s ‘Nipplegate’ Fiasco 10 Years Later: The Pop Diva, the Boob, and the Outrage
February 1, 2014
If reports are correct, Iranian nuclear facilities continue their deplorable habit of suddenly blowing up.Iranian Nuclear Facilities Keep Exploding!
January 28, 2013
And the worst example is the expensive and deplorable Senate race in Massachusetts.Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren Contest in Massachusetts: Ugliest Senate Race
September 28, 2012
This idea of Egyptian morals was no doubt correct, but how deplorable!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
She told her of her tears, entreated her not to renew her own deplorable career.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Its deplorable peculiarity was, that it was the faintness of solitude and disuse.A Tale of Two Cities
They had no thought of abandoning any of their pursuits or pleasures, be they never so deplorable.The Law-Breakers
She refused to say how she came to be in so deplorable a situation, and took her leave.Beaux and Belles of England
- lamentablea deplorable lack of taste
- worthy of censure or reproach; very baddeplorable behaviour
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Word Origin and History for deplorable
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