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

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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 Stoking the fires of hatred and prejudice based on lies, to the point that his followers feel justified in engaging in deplorable acts of violence and insurrection? Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Inauguration Day, Trump and impeachment, icy roads," 18 Jan. 2021 The actions at the United States Capitol three days ago were deplorable, reprehensible, outright criminal. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Jeanine Pirro slams 'freaks' in pro-Trump mob who stormed Capitol," 10 Jan. 2021 In discussing the need for provider history to be accessible during inspections, Jack recounted the deplorable conditions her monitors found at four congregate-care facilities, including the Hector Garza Residential Treatment Center in San Antonio. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas faces $75,000-a-day fines after federal judge again finds state in contempt over foster care," 18 Dec. 2020 Both Sanders and Trump appealed to that older idea of democratic legitimacy: the idea that power should be vested in the people rather than in managers, experts, technocrats, and priests — that even the mediocre and the deplorable get their say. Park Macdougald, Washington Examiner, "Power to the mediocre," 10 Dec. 2020 Congratulations to Mary McNamara and her extensive research into how utterly deplorable the founders of our country were. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: What happens when a critic judges Christmas movies by name alone," 3 Dec. 2020 Coaches in the Press Box called to inform me of the noticeably deplorable conditions. al, "Vigor pulls out of Prichard Stadium as principal cites ‘deplorable conditions’," 23 Sep. 2020 For those of us in the media, a dilemma arises in dealing with deplorable and racist tactics such as these. Arkansas Online, "OPINION: The birthers are back," 15 Aug. 2020 Statistics reveal that the way patients in poor Black communities are treated by the current health-care system is deplorable. Kai Mcgee, Marie Claire, "On Being a Black Woman, Mother, & Breast Cancer Survivor," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Jan 2021

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“Deplorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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