de·​plore | \di-ˈplȯr \
deplored; deploring

Definition of deplore 

transitive verb

1a : to feel or express grief for deplore the death of a friend

b : to regret strongly deplore my own actions

2 : to consider unfortunate or deserving of deprecation many critics deplore his methods

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Other Words from deplore

deplorer \ -​ˈplȯr-​ər \ noun
deploringly \ -​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

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deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan mean to express grief or sorrow for something. deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value. deplores the breakdown in family values lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow. lamenting the loss of their only child bewail and bemoan imply sorrow, disappointment, or protest finding outlet in words or cries, bewail commonly suggesting loudness, and bemoan lugubriousness. fans bewailed the defeat purists bemoaning the corruption of the language

Examples of deplore in a Sentence

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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Even Melania Trump issued an unusual statement deploring the situation and worked her husband behind the scenes, according to a White House official. Molly Ball, Time, "Trump Backed Down, But the Crisis at the Border Is Far From Over," 21 June 2018 China deplored its dependence on foreign technology and consumers. The Economist, "Sino-American interdependence has been a force for geopolitical stability," 23 June 2018 Born in Washington, the son of two lawyers, Kavanaugh is in many ways a creature of the city Republicans like to deplore. Adam Liptak,, "As judge, Kavanaugh has been a conservative stalwart," 10 July 2018 Born in Washington, the son of two lawyers and the graduate of one of its elite private high schools, Georgetown Preparatory School, Judge Kavanaugh is in many ways a creature of the city Republicans like to deplore. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench," 9 July 2018 The flag contains paradoxes: sworn and torn, pledged and deplored, burned and raised, the flag of Norman Rockwell and David Hammons, of civil-rights marches and Ku Klux Klan rallies, of loyalty and opposition, and avowed patriotism nonetheless. Michael D. Breidenbach, The Atlantic, "Raising the American Flag Made in China," 4 July 2018 Scientists deplore the rejection of climate change. The Economist, "Why corporate America loves Donald Trump," 24 May 2018 The pejorative suffix -tard denigrates a person who has a certain quality or believes a thing that the speaker deplores. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When good words turn bad," 28 June 2018 Pompeo, a staunch Iran critic, has long deplored the 2015 nuclear accord, but has supported Trump's efforts to get European allies to strengthen restrictions on Iran. NBC News, "Pompeo narrowly confirmed by Senate as secretary of state," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deplore

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deplore

Middle French or Latin; Middle French deplorer, from Latin deplorare, from de- + plorare to wail

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English Language Learners Definition of deplore

: to hate or dislike (something) very much : to strongly disapprove of (something)


de·​plore | \di-ˈplȯr \
deplored; deploring

Kids Definition of deplore

1 : to regret strongly

2 : to disapprove of Everyone deplored his rude manner.

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