[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

Examples from the Web for deplored

Contemporary Examples of deplored

  • Wilde deplored American commercialism and vulgarity, but he admired American simplicity and decency.

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    Wilde Ride

    Anthony Paletta

    January 3, 2013

  • But the level of anti-American grievance Obama observed and deplored in 2008-2009 has not abated.

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    Muslims to Obama: No We Won't

    David Frum

    September 22, 2012

  • Alexander McQueen, the fashion designer who committed suicide last week at the age of 40, understood this—and he deplored it.

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    Alexander McQueen's Demons

    Jacob Bernstein

    February 16, 2010

Historical Examples of deplored

  • These losses are much to be deplored, sir, but we must look 'em in the face.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • She had deplored the decline of churches; her own, she said, was barely half full.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • I deplored—that I might remind him of it—my absence from Madrid at the time.

  • I lay on my bed and deplored with many a sigh that bitter fact.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "I am afraid that Madame still mistrusts us," deplored Des Cadoux.

British Dictionary definitions for deplored


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 deplored



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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