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 Too many American public schools are in deplorable condition. Khalilah Harris, Forbes, "I Can’t Breathe: The Condition Of School Infrastructure Is A Racial, Social And Environmental Justice Issue," 19 Apr. 2021 Finally, there are boycotts undertaken with the aim of stopping a particular and eminently deplorable corporate practice. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "All Boycotts Are Not Created Equal," 6 Apr. 2021 The deplorable treatment faced by Jews from Eastern Europe, who had arrived in Berlin in large numbers following the war, was particularly eye-opening. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein Was Given a Hero’s Welcome by America’s Jews," 2 Apr. 2021 The Capitol riot having revivified their shopworn caricatures of deplorable Trump supporters and Republicans generally, progressives have decided to make white supremacism their Big Bang theory for all that ails America. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "After the Boulder Mass Shooting Comes the Debate about Motive," 24 Mar. 2021 Yes, the Huskies showed a deplorable lack of defense for much of the night, but all that means to me is Utah took advantage. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Red All Over: Utah fans, relax. It’s OK to go all-in on hoops right now," 11 Mar. 2021 Individual officers, like people in any profession, run the gamut from laudable to deplorable. Jeffrey H. Anderson, WSJ, "Biden, Claiming ‘Systemic Racism’ in Policing, Defies Science," 5 Mar. 2021 Those who declare civility to be the sine qua non of political discourse are frequently those ever-so-politely promoting the most odious and deplorable policies. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Neera Tanden and the ‘civility’ scam," 24 Feb. 2021 On Wednesday night, the entire Crewe d’Observe took a moment to salute a legendary Carnival celebrant sadly lost to this deplorable virus that afflicts the land. al, "Masked Observer bows at the crossroads of reverence and revelry," 13 Feb. 2021

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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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“Deplorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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