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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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 Officials of the Labour Party, whose governing committee is meeting next week in an attempt to quell the issue, say the party deplores all forms of discrimination. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Faces Pressure on Anti-Semitism Accusations," 2 Sep. 2018 World condemnation was swift: The U.N. General Assembly voted 104-18 to deplore the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims innocence in probe; wall myths," 7 Jan. 2019 Lawmaker Javier Lopez of Spain said the rescue boat’s arrival was a reason ‘‘to celebrate life’’ but deplored the mounting death toll in the Mediterranean., "60 migrants refused by Italy and Malta arrive in Barcelona," 4 July 2018 Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, deplored separations on Sunday, except in cases where there is evidence of abuse or another good reason. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations," 17 June 2018 But Charlotte now deplores him and has taken over his Twitter account, tweeting weird nonsense that baffles his followers. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Ali Smith’s Seasonal Cycle Turns to a Dreamy ‘Winter’," 8 Jan. 2018 Even Melania Trump issued an unusual statement deploring the situation and worked her husband behind the scenes, according to a White House official. Molly Ball, Time, "Trump Backed Down, But the Crisis at the Border Is Far From Over," 21 June 2018

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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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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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