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

Other Words from deplore

deplorer \ di-​ˈplȯr-​ər How to pronounce deplore (audio) \ noun
deploringly \ di-​ˈplȯr-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce deplore (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The result is excessive tolerance, which conservatives deplore. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 In a vote at the United Nations Security Council on a measure to deplore Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China abstained. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2022 China abstained from a United Nations Security Council vote on Friday to deplore Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Feb. 2022 Earlier Wednesday, diplomats from dozens of countries took the floor at the U.N. General Assembly to deplore Russia’s actions toward Ukraine and plead for dialogue, while Russia and ally Syria defended Moscow’s moves. Jennifer Peltz And Edith M. Lederer, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, archetypal Trump Country is inhabited by the descendants of Scots-Irish anti-authoritarians who deplore outsiders, hierarchy, and learned university men. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 Indeed, millions of French came out to applaud public workers every evening, during the early months of the pandemic—something those who deplore the vaccine mandates have repeatedly pointed out. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 Many deplore the lousy status of our existing roadways, replete with potholes, insufficient markers, and a slew of problems that endanger drivers and pedestrians alike. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 The right fetishizes the country’s martial spirit and quiet endurance, while the left tends to deplore the suffering of soldiers in the field and civilians at home. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2020 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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