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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.
  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.
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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


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Related Words

lament, denounce, complain, bemoan, mourn, abhor, moan, bewail, deprecate, cry, repent, hurt, censure, weep, hate, rue

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Historical Examples

  • 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)
  1. to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
  2. to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure
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Derived Formsdeplorer, noundeploringly, adverb

Word Origin

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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