- 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 deplored
Wilde deplored American commercialism and vulgarity, but he admired American simplicity and decency.Wilde Ride
January 3, 2013
But the level of anti-American grievance Obama observed and deplored in 2008-2009 has not abated.Muslims to Obama: No We Won't
September 22, 2012
Alexander McQueen, the fashion designer who committed suicide last week at the age of 40, understood this—and he deplored it.Alexander McQueen's Demons
February 16, 2010
These losses are much to be deplored, sir, but we must look 'em in the face.'Little Dorrit
She had deplored the decline of churches; her own, she said, was barely half full.The Harbor
I deplored—that I might remind him of it—my absence from Madrid at the time.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
I lay on my bed and deplored with many a sigh that bitter fact.The Shame of Motley
"I am afraid that Madame still mistrusts us," deplored Des Cadoux.The Trampling of the Lilies
- to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
- to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure
Word Origin and History for deplored
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.