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
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.
The barefoot man never deplores the work of cobblers.
Trump supporters are overwhelmingly citizens of good will and patriotic intent who never deserved to be deplored as racist, sexist, thuggish.
And much of the elite political press immediately went into an ensemble chin-stroke—sagely parsing HRC's math down to the third decimal place and, yes, deploring the level to which the campaign has sunk.
The news conference — which Mr. Trump called to defend himself over questions about fund-raising for veterans’ charities — was a textbook example of the candidate’s need to devour media attention and deplore it at the same time.
Many women deplored their lives at home (see: The Feminine Mystique and, also, this article on widespread tranquilizer abuse among housewives) and sought careers for themselves.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says her country deplores the continuing human rights violations in China.
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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: 1559
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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