Definition of deplore
1a : to feel or express grief for deplore the death of a friendb : to regret strongly deplore my own actions
2 : to consider unfortunate or deserving of deprecation many critics deplore his methods
deplorerplay \-ˈplȯr-ər\ noun
deploringlyplay \-iŋ-lē\ adverb
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.
Origin and Etymology of deplore
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French deplorer, from Latin deplorare, from de- + plorare to wail
First Known Use: 1559
Synonym Discussion of deplore
DEPLORE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deplore for English Language Learners
: to hate or dislike (something) very much : to strongly disapprove of (something)
DEPLORE Defined for Kids
Definition of deplore for Students
1 : to regret strongly
2 : to disapprove of Everyone deplored his rude manner.
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