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deplore

[ dih-plawr, -plohr ]
/ dɪˈplɔr, -ˈploʊr /
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verb (used with object), de·plored, de·plor·ing.
to regret deeply or strongly; lament: to deplore the present state of morality.
to disapprove of; censure.
to feel or express deep grief for or in regard to: The class deplored the death of their teacher.
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Origin of deplore

First recorded in 1550–60; from Latin dēplōrāre “to weep bitterly, complain,” equivalent to dē- + plōrāre “to wail”; see origin at de-

OTHER WORDS FROM deplore

dep·lo·ra·tion [dep-luh-rey-shuhn, dee-pluh-], /ˌdɛp ləˈreɪ ʃən, ˌdi plə-/, nounde·plor·er, nounde·plor·ing·ly, adverbun·de·plored, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deplore

deplore
/ (dɪˈplɔː) /

verb (tr)
to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure

Derived forms of deplore

deplorer, noundeploringly, adverb

Word Origin for deplore

C16: from Old French deplorer, from Latin dēplōrāre to weep bitterly, from plōrāre to weep, lament
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