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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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  • On his death-bed he deplored the impending fate of his country, which he alone could see.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • There were those who deplored the loss of their faith such as it had been.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
  • She conversed unreservedly; deplored the war, and wished it over.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • This was a point which, in describing to me the constitution of his army, Lee most deplored.

  • I lay on my bed and deplored with many a sigh that bitter fact.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The Office of Continental Defense deplored the lack of precedent.

    The Good Neighbors Edgar Pangborn
  • There was no sun, a circumstance which Mab deplored, but for which Merefleet was profoundly grateful.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for deplored


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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