- 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
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Examples from the Web for deplore
I deplore the lawlessness that seems to be sweeping the West Bank with price-tags and land-grabs galore.Obama: Come Visit The Settlements
March 21, 2013
They are about to see what we so often deplore as mere sausage-making, and they will love it.A Civil War Professor Reviews 'Lincoln'
November 27, 2012
It quickly came to mean, to deplore or to disapprove in an especially morally laden way.Policing the Grammar Police
October 19, 2012
I'm about to quote something pretty deplorable, but not in order to deplore it.Why Does Michelle Malkin Hate Half Her Country?
September 21, 2012
President Obama may deplore that trend, but he seems to have no very clear idea of how to alter it.4 Predictions For A Second Obama Term
August 27, 2012
Far be it from her to laugh at those follies which she must for ever deplore!Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
I confess I have much to deplore, and much for which to be thankful.Cleveland Past and Present
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
"I deplore I had so little share in the fight," he muttered.St. Martin's Summer
- to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
- to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure
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.