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!
- de·plor·a·ble·ness, de·plor·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- de·plor·a·bly, adverb
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How to use deplorable in a sentence
Mach was “un bon mecanicien,” Einstein said bitterly, but a “deplorable philosophe.”When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners | Amanda Gefter | November 18, 2020 | Nautilus
In most cases he is deplorably curt of speech and brusque of deportment.The Arena | Various
That's really not my case—I find my capacity for pleasure deplorably below the mark I've set.The Tragic Muse | Henry James
How deplorably and unaccountably evanescent are our frames of mind, as various as the forms and hues of the summer clouds!George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3) | George Eliot
She had spoken of her to her aunt, who had again shown herself deplorably illiberal and incisive.Gray youth | Oliver Onions
Clumps of sea-weed and paper-balls are thrown at ALF, who by this time is looking deplorably warm and foolish.
British Dictionary definitions for deplorable
lamentable: a deplorable lack of taste
worthy of censure or reproach; very bad: deplorable behaviour
- deplorableness or deplorability, noun
- deplorably, adverb
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