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[dih-plawr, -plohr]
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verb (used with object), de·plored, de·plor·ing.
  1. to regret deeply or strongly; lament: to deplore the present state of morality.
  2. to disapprove of; censure.
  3. to feel or express deep grief for or in regard to: The class deplored the death of their teacher.

Origin of deplore

1550–60; < Latin dēplōrāre to weep bitterly, complain, equivalent to dē- de- + plōrāre to wail, probably of imitative orig.
Related formsdep·lo·ra·tion [dep-luh-rey-shuh n, dee-pluh-] /ˌdɛp ləˈreɪ ʃən, ˌdi plə-/, nounde·plor·er, nounde·plor·ing·ly, adverbun·de·plored, adjective


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1. bemoan, bewail. 3. mourn.
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British Dictionary definitions for deploration


verb (tr)
  1. to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
  2. to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure
Derived Formsdeplorer, noundeploringly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Old French deplorer, from Latin dēplōrāre to weep bitterly, from plōrāre to weep, lament
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Word Origin and History for deploration



1550s, "to give up as hopeless," from French déplorer (13c.), from Latin deplorare "deplore, bewail, lament, give up for lost," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + plorare "weep, cry out." Meaning "to regret deeply" is from 1560s. Related: Deplored; deploring.

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