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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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Historical Examples

  • Running at a low level, the waters of that stream were deplorably dirty.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • I was drunk, deplorably drunk, and I was bound for the Tivoli.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • He was not only innocent, but deplorably—I might even say guiltily—innocent.

  • How deplorably short-sighted are the wise ones of your world.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • We hasten to assert that in our case the imputation is deplorably incorrect.

British Dictionary definitions for deplorably


  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 deplorably



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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