[luh-men-tuh-buh l, lam-uh n-tuh-]


that is to be lamented; regrettable; unfortunate: a lamentable decision.
Rare. mournful.

Origin of lamentable

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin lāmentābilis, equivalent to lāmentā(rī) (see lament) + -bilis -ble
Related formsla·men·ta·ble·ness, nounla·men·ta·bly, adverbun·lam·en·ta·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of lamentable

Historical Examples of lamentable

  • One of the Creator's lamentable mistakes, repented in sashcloth and axes.

  • Had he—Page—come by chance on a secret,—dramatic and lamentable!

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • There was a man with tongue of wood Who essayed to sing, And in truth it was lamentable.

    War is Kind

    Stephen Crane

  • The two figures, of a muddy grey in tint, stood out, lamentable.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • It's hideous, it's lamentable and grotesque; you'll end by seeing so yourself.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for lamentable



wretched, deplorable, or distressing
an archaic word for mournful
Derived Formslamentableness, nounlamentably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lamentable

c.1400, from Middle French lamentable and directly from Latin lamentabilis "full of sorrow, mournful, lamentable," from lamentari "to lament" (see lamentation). Related: Lamentably.

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