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[dih-plawr, -plohr] /dɪˈplɔr, -ˈploʊr/
verb (used with object), deplored, deploring.
to regret deeply or strongly; lament:
to deplore the present state of morality.
to disapprove of; censure.
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 forms
[dep-luh-rey-shuh n, dee-pluh-] /ˌdɛp ləˈreɪ ʃən, ˌdi plə-/ (Show IPA),
deplorer, noun
deploringly, adverb
undeplored, adjective
1. bemoan, bewail. 3. mourn. Unabridged
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  • Far be it from her to laugh at those follies which she must for ever deplore!

  • I confess I have much to deplore, and much for which to be thankful.

  • We may deplore it, but we can not wonder, and we can not sternly blame.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • I reprove it in the sternest terms, and I deplore the consequences it had.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • "I deplore I had so little share in the fight," he muttered.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for deplore


verb (transitive)
to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure
Derived Forms
deplorer, noun
deploringly, 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 deplore

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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