deplorable

adjective de·plor·able \ di-ˈplȯr-ə-bəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of deplorable

1 : deserving censure or contempt : wretched
  • deplorable living conditions
2 : lamentable
  • a deplorable death

deplorableness

noun

deplorably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of deplorable in a Sentence

  1. we will not tolerate such deplorable behavior in a house of worship

  2. condemned the deplorable conditions in which the family was living

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Origin and Etymology of deplorable


DEPLORABLE Defined for English Language Learners

deplorable

adjective

Definition of deplorable for English Language Learners

  • : very bad in a way that causes shock, fear, or disgust : deserving to be deplored


DEPLORABLE Defined for Kids

deplorable

adjective de·plor·able \ di-ˈplȯr-ə-bəl \

Definition of deplorable for Students

1 : deserving to be deplored : regrettable
  • a deplorable mistake
2 : very bad : wretched


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