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.
Recent Examples of deplore from the Web
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation started an online petition aimed at Trudeau, deploring the deal.
Vermont Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders deplored the actions of his former campaign volunteer James T. Hodgkinson, who was killed after opening fire on participants at a congressional baseball practice for Republicans on June 14.
These measures have been deplored by liberals in the the U.S. Jewish community that Israel relies on for support.
Over the past few years, a steady stream of commentary has deplored the state of free speech and intellectual inquiry on campus.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made his annual appearance on a live call-in show nationwide in Russia, deploring the U.S. Senate's decision Wednesday to impose new sanctions on Russia.
But some commentators have deplored Harvard's decision as a chilling blow to the kind of expansive expression that universities were created to encourage and inspire.
Aurora area state lawmakers and Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster deplored the budget impasse in statements as the legislative session ended.
Hearing church leaders deplore violence but refuse to acknowledge that the people targeted were gay, Martin called for a bridge between the two groups.
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Origin and Etymology of deplore
Middle French or Latin; Middle French deplorer, from Latin deplorare, from de- + plorare to wail
First Known Use: 1559See Words from the same year
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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