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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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  • These losses are much to be deplored, sir, but we must look 'em in the face.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • She had deplored the decline of churches; her own, she said, was barely half full.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • I deplored—that I might remind him of it—my absence from Madrid at the time.

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

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • "I am afraid that Madame still mistrusts us," deplored Des Cadoux.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • "For your sake, the fact is to be deplored," answered Daly, calmly.

  • It's not one of those blemishes in human nature that have to be deplored so feelingly.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
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.

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