Definition of deplore
- deplore the death of a friend
- deplore my own actions
- many critics deplore his methods
We deplore the development of nuclear weapons.
Many people deplored the change.
Although deplored by many, her decisions have greatly benefited the company.
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First Known Use: 1559See Words from the same year
: to hate or dislike (something) very much : to strongly disapprove of (something)
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