de·​plore | \ di-ˈplȯr How to pronounce deplore (audio) \
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 \ di-​ˈplȯr-​ər How to pronounce deplore (audio) \ noun
deploringly \ di-​ˈplȯr-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce deplore (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Many deplore the lousy status of our existing roadways, replete with potholes, insufficient markers, and a slew of problems that endanger drivers and pedestrians alike. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 The right fetishizes the country’s martial spirit and quiet endurance, while the left tends to deplore the suffering of soldiers in the field and civilians at home. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2020 Officials deplored the violence and the country's health minister pledged to share evacuees' quarantine for two weeks in a bid to reassure protesters who fear they'll be infected. Fox News, 21 Feb. 2020 If progressives deplore Trumpism, and immigration fueled it, should the left moderate its immigration demands? Where fundamental justice is at stake, the movement is right not to bend. Jason Deparle, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 Progressives dislike them because progressives deplore all innovation that happens outside their control, as well as invention generally apart from that which collects a union due or aborts a fetus with greater efficiency. Graham Hillard, National Review, 8 Oct. 2019 The violent actions of protesters when Murray appeared at Middlebury College in 2017 were widely deplored. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020 The general deplored the defeatism of some of his own compatriots, telling an American correspondent, who described London as entirely devastated, that the city neither was nor would be. Max Hastings, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2020 But some of this legislation contains incentives for switching to risk-limiting audits — not the sort of shove from the federal government that McConnell deplores, but a helping hand. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 24 Oct. 2019

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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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“Deplore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce deplore (audio) \
deplored; deploring

Kids Definition of deplore

1 : to regret strongly
2 : to disapprove of Everyone deplored his rude manner.


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