de·​plor·​able | \ di-ˈplȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce deplorable (audio) \

Definition of deplorable

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

Other Words from deplorable

deplorableness noun
deplorably \ di-​ˈplȯr-​ə-​blē How to pronounce deplorable (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Tenants have long decried deplorable conditions such as rodent infestations, mold and crumbling structures. John Spink, ajc, 10 May 2022 The animals left behind did not have proper access to food or water, and were living in deplorable conditions. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 Business or consumer affairs reporting, for reporter Ko Lyn Cheang's stories about deplorable conditions at the Lakeside Pointe apartment complex in Nora. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Apr. 2022 In the span of a year, Biden has already grappled with a record number of unaccompanied migrant children at the US southern border and thousands of primarily Haitian migrants who camped in deplorable conditions under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Priscilla Alvarez And Mj Lee, CNN, 10 Apr. 2022 The suit described the living conditions at the facility as deplorable, and said Xaiver suffered from bed bug bites during his stay. Carol Robinson |, al, 24 Mar. 2022 All of this is necessary, of course, to rectify a person's current diet and lifestyle choices, which are most certainly noxious and deplorable. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 Given Uncle Sam's long-term insolvency — our government's deplorable, bi-partisan, postwar achievement, the prospect for far higher inflation abounds. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 The Lakers aren’t giving up their championship banners or their glorious history, though those achievements seem longer and longer ago with each deplorable loss the Lakers absorb this season. Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Deplorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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de·​plor·​able | \ di-ˈplȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce deplorable (audio) \

Kids Definition of deplorable

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

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