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 deplorer (audio) \ noun
deploringly \ di-​ˈplȯr-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce deploringly (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 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, "Ukrainians throw bricks at buses carrying coronavirus evacuees from China," 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, "The Open Borders Trap," 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, "Warren Would Break Up Big Tech. Conservatives, Make Your Pitch.," 8 Oct. 2019 The violent actions of protesters when Murray appeared at Middlebury College in 2017 were widely deplored. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Charles Murray Returns, Nodding to Caution but Still Courting Controversy," 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, "Five Best: Max Hastings on Diaries of World War II," 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, "Other voices: Election security that Mitch McConnell should get behind," 24 Oct. 2019 Having always deplored this twofer trick, Miss Manners finds this neither darling nor thoughtful nor truly charitable. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Friend fed up with pointless texts," 23 Dec. 2019 Over the years, many Spaniards considered flamenco a scourge of their nation, deploring it as an entertainment that lulled the masses into stupefaction and hampered Spain’s progress toward modernity. Sandie Holguín, Smithsonian, "The Complicated History of Flamenco in Spain," 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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deplore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce deplore (audio)

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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