[dih-plawr, -plohr]

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.

Origin of deplore

1550–60; < Latin dēplōrāre to weep bitterly, complain, equivalent to dē- de- + plōrāre to wail, probably of imitative orig.
Related formsdep·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

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

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Contemporary Examples of deplore

Historical Examples of deplore

  • Far be it from her to laugh at those follies which she must for ever deplore!

  • I confess I have much to deplore, and much for which to be thankful.

  • We may deplore it, but we can not wonder, and we can not sternly blame.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • I reprove it in the sternest terms, and I deplore the consequences it had.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "I deplore I had so little share in the fight," he muttered.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for deplore


verb (tr)

to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure
Derived Formsdeplorer, 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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Word Origin and History for deplore

1550s, "to give up as hopeless," from French déplorer (13c.), from Latin deplorare "deplore, bewail, lament, give up for lost," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + plorare "weep, cry out." Meaning "to regret deeply" is from 1560s. Related: Deplored; deploring.

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