de·​plor·​able | \di-ˈplȯr-ə-bəl \

Definition of deplorable 

1 : deserving censure or contempt deplorable behavior : wretched deplorable living conditions

2 : lamentable a deplorable death

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Other Words from deplorable

deplorableness noun
deplorably \ -​blē \ adverb

Examples of deplorable in a Sentence

we will not tolerate such deplorable behavior in a house of worship condemned the deplorable conditions in which the family was living

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In this respect the movie manages to be pretty funny; and the grisliness of the action, while in a sense entirely deplorable, adds to the kicks. Leigh Whannell, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Upgrade,’ Better Killing Through Technology," 31 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Whiskey Myers Thursday, June 28, at KC Live Whiskey Myers isn’t a political band, but the Texas group embraces several concepts that some consider deplorable. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 28-July 4: Middle of the Map, Flaming Lips, Nelly, Whiskey Myers," 26 June 2018 On September 9th, the same day that Hillary Clinton would go on to refer to President Trump’s supporters as irredeemable and deplorable. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 In a sign of today’s hyper-partisan times, some concerned progressives are organizing focus groups and polling to detect, not new policy points, but the most potent attack lines against those deplorable congressional Republicans. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "Malcolm: Without vibrant parties, our democracy flails in gridlock," 16 May 2018 Many of us have held deplorable views in the past, or may end up considering our current views to be such in the future. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Joy Reid’s Missed Opportunity," 29 Apr. 2018 Such craven celebration over a decision that may well occupy its own place in the pantheon of the most deplorable ever issued reflects how low our judicial politics have fallen. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Now," 26 June 2018 One of the most deplorable is a guy from Charlottesville running for Congress in Virginia’s 10th district. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Beelzebub on the ballot: Nathan Larson and the scary guys running for Congress," 4 June 2018 Acosta truly is the textbook definition of deplorable. Fox News, "Nunes and Meadows call for release of FBI text messages," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deplorable

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for deplorable

see deplore

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English Language Learners Definition of deplorable

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


de·​plor·​able | \di-ˈplȯr-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of deplorable

1 : deserving to be deplored : regrettable a deplorable mistake

2 : very bad : wretched

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