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 deplorably (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

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The Border Patrol has insisted that reports of deplorable conditions for migrants were exaggerated. The Economist, "What caused the shameful scenes at America’s southern border?," 6 July 2019 Meanwhile, state investigators found deplorable conditions at schools, including wastewater pumping into the street and painters stripping walls while class was in session. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Mark Zuckerberg wanted to help Newark schools. Newarkers say they weren’t heard.," 3 July 2019 In Pelosi’s estimation, the Senate bill did not go far enough to address concerns about the deplorable conditions in U.S. facilities at the border. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Pelosi Bows to Conservatives on Border Funding," 27 June 2019 New deplorable internment chapter must not be written Immigration is not a new problem. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: New deplorable internment chapter must not be written," 27 June 2019 In this case, the Trump administration has continued to fight the 2017 ruling that sought to remedy deplorable conditions within these same facilities, at times blaming Congress for not providing enough resources to address the crisis. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Detained migrant children got no toothbrush, no soap, no sleep. No problem, government argues.," 21 June 2019 Ortega’s regime today is certainly dictatorial and deplorable. Jeffrey L. Gould, The New Republic, "Making Sense of Bernie’s Sandinista Sympathies," 6 June 2019 Police described the living conditions in the home as deplorable. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Bedridden woman found with maggots, roaches. Husband, son charged with neglect | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018 Lawyers said many prisoners have been suffering from deplorable conditions since an electrical fire partially cut off power at the Metropolitan Detention Center a week ago. WSJ, "Families Protest Lack of Electricity, Adequate Heat at Brooklyn Jail," 4 Feb. 2019

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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 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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to complain fretfully

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