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
Recent Examples on the Web In Lynn, where overcrowding mixes with deplorable building conditions, kids are being placed in danger: City officials say crumbling bricks crashed to the ground near a play area at the 121-year-old Tracy Elementary., "LYNN — Step into Kaitlyn Lausier’s basement classroom, and years of financial neglect in this once-prospering city can be seen everywhere: the long fluorescent tube lights, the bare brick walls, the flaking radiator that warns in English and Spanish not to touch its scorching sides.," 3 Dec. 2019 Investigators also said Sam had been living in the home in deplorable conditions that included sleeping in the basement on a soiled mattress, Fox 17 reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Michigan professor faces manslaughter rap in autistic son's backyard pool drowning," 28 Oct. 2019 Like Rikers, the facilities there had developed a notorious reputation for deplorable conditions. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Rikers Would Close in Historic Plan to Remake N.Y. Jail System," 16 Oct. 2019 The former property owners who allowed the Barbour Gardens housing project to decline into dangerous, deplorable conditions have paid the city $65,000 to settle outstanding housing violation fines, according to the mayor. Rebecca Lurye,, "Hartford recovers $65K in fines from former landlord of one of Hartford’s most neglected housing projects. That money may help the homeless this winter.," 21 Nov. 2019 The buildings were plagued by deplorable conditions like plumbing and sewer failures, front doors that didn’t lock in neighborhoods troubled by drugs and violence and mold and vermin infestations that sickened children. Rebecca Lurye,, "Slumlords, housing profiteers have nowhere to hide under Hartford’s new rental licensing program," 31 Oct. 2019 That someone could be so heartless and cruel is deplorable. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Husband checks out of marriage after wife’s cancer diagnosis," 7 Oct. 2019 That someone could be so heartless and cruel is deplorable. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Husband jumps ship following wife’s cancer diagnosis," 7 Oct. 2019 Barring American members of Congress from Israel is deplorable. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "By Barring Two Congresswomen, Trump and Netanyahu Set a Trap for Democrats," 18 Aug. 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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31 Dec 2019

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“Deplorable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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