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[ dih-plawr-uh-buhl, -plohr- ]


  1. causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable:

    the deplorable death of a friend.

  2. causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad:

    This room is in deplorable order. You have deplorable manners!


/ dɪˈplɔːrəbəl /


  1. lamentable

    a deplorable lack of taste

  2. worthy of censure or reproach; very bad

    deplorable behaviour

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • deˈplorableness, noun
  • deˈplorably, adverb
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Other Words From

  • de·plora·ble·ness de·plora·bili·ty noun
  • de·plora·bly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of deplorable1

1605–15; < French déplorable < Middle French, equivalent to deplor ( er ) ( deplore ) + -able -able
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Example Sentences

We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior.

There are plenty of explanations for Toronto’s deplorable drives.

This is why 404 errors are considered deplorable when taking into their perspective regarding both user experience and the search engine rankings of your website.

The Düsseldorf hackers are still at large—as are so many other deplorable hospital-extorting cybercriminals.

From Fortune

If it’s the artifice of artificial selection that is deplorable to some, just wait until we take a clear-headed look at natural selection in all its naturalness!

It is too late to help those who were killed by ISIS, but those who escaped and survived are living in deplorable conditions.

These things are absolutely deplorable, but they were par for the course for some of the more dedicated “Gamers” in the community.

The state of childcare in this nation goes from inadequate to deplorable, even as compared to the child care centers of the 1940s.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is fairly deplorable from a feminist standpoint; plus, it has very little to do with sports.

FCC chairman Michael Powell deemed it “classless, crass and deplorable.”

The Spanish troops fared far worse; their condition became more and more deplorable.

Now, go and mend that deplorable frock, and if you don't dream over it, you won't waste too much of your holiday.

I was here a witness of a deplorable scene, a consequence of an erroneous religious belief of the otherwise amiable Hindoos.

The post-office strike has already shown us what deplorable disasters even a skirmish can bring about.

This is the end; what was the beginning,—the conditions necessary to bring about this deplorable result?





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