[ dih-plawr-uh-buh l, -plohr- ]
/ dɪˈplɔr ə bəl, -ˈploʊr- /


causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable: the deplorable death of a friend.
causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad: This room is in deplorable order. You have deplorable manners!

Nearby words

  1. depletion,
  2. depletion allowance,
  3. depletion layer,
  4. depletion region,
  5. depletory,
  6. deploration,
  7. deplore,
  8. deploy,
  9. deployment,
  10. deplumation

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deplorable


/ (dɪˈplɔːrəbəl) /


lamentablea deplorable lack of taste
worthy of censure or reproach; very baddeplorable behaviour
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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