deplorable

adjective
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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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 But in Wilde’s day, the church was still the Scarlet Woman, home for the disreputable and deplorable. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Oscar Wilde’s Catholicism," 8 Oct. 2018 Lustig said the conditions in the night house were deplorable, and Mei was not allowed, due to park management’s insistence, to move elsewhere. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 2018 In fact, whenever the president steers too far away from his deplorable, white supremacist base, the White House always tries to center Melania or his daughter Ivanka as the moral compass that guides him back home. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Dear Melania Trump: Please Stop Trying to Be the Moral Compass for the White House—You’re Trash, Too," 21 June 2018 Generally speaking, the most shocking results require the most deplorable methods. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Landon Donovan's heart was in the right place, but the U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry is too intense," 20 June 2018 Outsiders can sympathize with the plight of parents with children stuck in deplorable schools, but only those parents and allies in their districts can force change. WSJ, "The Politics of Better, Accountable Education," 23 Nov. 2018 The real-world history of how America treated its African-American soldiers in World War II is deplorable, but Overlord never mentions race. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock," 9 Nov. 2018

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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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More Definitions for deplorable

deplorable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of deplorable

: very bad in a way that causes shock, fear, or disgust : deserving to be deplored

deplorable

adjective
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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