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[ dih-plawr, -plohr ]

verb (used with object)

, de·plored, de·plor·ing.
  1. to regret deeply or strongly; lament:

    to deplore the present state of morality.

    Synonyms: bewail, bemoan

  2. to disapprove of; censure.
  3. to feel or express deep grief for or in regard to:

    The class deplored the death of their teacher.

    Synonyms: mourn


/ dɪˈplɔː /


  1. to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
  2. to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure

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Derived Forms

  • deˈploringly, adverb
  • deˈplorer, noun

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Other Words From

  • dep·lo·ra·tion [dep-l, uh, -, rey, -sh, uh, n, dee-pl, uh, -], noun
  • de·plorer noun
  • de·ploring·ly adverb
  • unde·plored adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deplore1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deplore1

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

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Example Sentences

So, in war, these sorts of horrible things happen every now and again, but they are still to be deplored.

I reached out to several consumer-behavior experts for psychological insight into the struggles of MyPillow owners who deplore Lindell’s message but are devoted to his products — or of fans of any product that becomes the target of a boycott.

King identified how people, including those who may have deplored Southern injustice, maintained the racial status quo.

On the one hand, you deplore it because they’ve succeeded in essentially invading our information architecture.

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In her letter declining the award, she deplored the “increasingly brutal impact of racial and economic injustice.”

I deplore the lawlessness that seems to be sweeping the West Bank with price-tags and land-grabs galore.

They are about to see what we so often deplore as mere sausage-making, and they will love it.

It quickly came to mean, to deplore or to disapprove in an especially morally laden way.

I'm about to quote something pretty deplorable, but not in order to deplore it.

President Obama may deplore that trend, but he seems to have no very clear idea of how to alter it.

This was true perhaps, but not in a sense he could find himself tempted to deplore.

Otherwise he was all that a mother might deplore or an uncle delight in.

If it has humour, deplore its lack of thoughtfulness; if it is grave, carp at its lack of gaiety.

Many of the persons we meet with in the world do not live entirely for it, and are incapable of the conduct you deplore.

It gives me pleasure, my dear, to hear you deplore the loss of such a privilege, as it is a proof that you value it.


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