deplore

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verb de·plore \di-ˈplȯr\

Definition of deplore

deplored

;

deploring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to feel or express grief for <deplore the death of a friend>b :  to regret strongly <deplore my own actions>

  3. 2 :  to consider unfortunate or deserving of deprecation <many critics deplore his methods>

deplorer

play \-ˈplȯr-ər\ noun

deploringly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of deplore in a sentence

  1. We deplore the development of nuclear weapons.

  2. Many people deplored the change.

  3. 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, 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>.

DEPLORE Defined for English Language Learners

deplore

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verb de·plore \di-ˈplȯr\

Definition of deplore for English Language Learners

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


DEPLORE Defined for Kids

deplore

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verb de·plore \di-ˈplȯr\

Definition of deplore for Students

deplored

deploring

  1. 1 :  to regret strongly

  2. 2 :  to disapprove of <Everyone deplored his rude manner.>



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