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[dih-plawr-uh-buh l, -plohr-]
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  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!
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Origin of deplorable

1605–15; < French déplorable < Middle French, equivalent to deplor(er) (see deplore) + -able -able
Related formsde·plor·a·ble·ness, de·plor·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·plor·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words for deplorable

distressing, unsatisfactory, wretched, unbearable, dreadful, scandalous, regrettable, reprehensible, terrible, lamentable, grievous, disastrous, tragic, dire, miserable, intolerable, disgraceful, horrifying, awful, blameworthy

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British Dictionary definitions for deplorable


  1. lamentablea deplorable lack of taste
  2. worthy of censure or reproach; very baddeplorable behaviour
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Derived Formsdeplorableness or deplorability, noundeplorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for deplorable


1610s; see deplore + -able. Perhaps from French déplorable or directly from Late Latin deplorabilis. Johnson (mid-18c.) noted the weakened colloquial use of the word for "very bad." Related: Deplorably.

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