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 Human rights advocates have deplored conditions in the camps, where food, clean water and medical assistance are in short supply. Washington Post, "Europe has resisted taking back citizens who joined ISIS. Now, it may not have a choice.," 14 Nov. 2019 In September, an internal committee recommended that top engineers report to the commercial airplane division’s chief engineer — in theory, a reassertion of expertise against the bottom-line mindset that Stan Sorscher and others deplored. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "“I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her”," 11 Nov. 2019 Republicans, moderates and Northern Irish businesses deplore his Brexit plan, which would keep Northern Ireland in the EU Single Market, and at the same time out of its Customs Union. Nic Robertson, CNN, "Boris Johnson's Brexit talks teeter on brink of collapse. Here's how a Nobel prize-winner could help him," 9 Oct. 2019 For instance, the steadily rising expense of education and health care is almost universally deplored as an economic scourge, despite being caused by something indubitably good: rapid, if unevenly spread, productivity growth. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 In 2001, a liquor company resolved an eight-year dispute over its Crazy Horse Malt Liquor (Crazy Horse the person deplored alcohol and its effect on tribes) by offering a public apology, plus blankets, horses, tobacco, and braided sweetgrass. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Bank of East Asia placed ads of their own deploring violence and urging a peaceful resolution to the conflict between pro- and anti-government forces that has roiled this city for the last three months. Fortune, "Can Trump ‘Order’ US Firms Out of China? Should He? — CEO Daily," 24 Aug. 2019 There are few operatic works so cheerfully indifferent to morals as Così fan tutte, and it was largely deplored and rarely performed through most of the nineteenth century. The New York Review of Books, "Larry Wolff," 27 Sep. 2018 At one point there seemed to be a Democratic consensus that the party’s disappointing performance in 2016 had a lot to do with ignoring or deploring blue-collar voters in the Midwest. James Freeman, WSJ, "Who’s Deplorable Now?," 25 Feb. 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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