la·​men·​ta·​ble | \ lə-ˈmen-tə-bəl How to pronounce lamentable (audio) also ˈla-mən- How to pronounce lamentable (audio) \

Definition of lamentable

1 : that is to be regretted or lamented : deplorable the lamentable consequences of the war
2 : expressing grief : mournful a faint and lamentable cry— Walter de la Mare

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Other Words from lamentable

lamentableness noun
lamentably \ lə-​ˈmen-​tə-​blē How to pronounce lamentably (audio) also  ˈla-​mən-​ \ adverb

Examples of lamentable in a Sentence

the lamentable cries of the women for their slain sons were heard throughout the village it's a lamentable situation, but I don't see how it can be fixed
Recent Examples on the Web In some respects, Europe’s response since 2016 has been almost as lamentable as Trump has been to American prestige. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "America’s Uniquely Humiliating Moment," 24 June 2020 One name that was once broadly known has fallen into lamentable obscurity—that of Claire Weekes, an Australian doctor who did ground-breaking work on one of the great scourges of humanity. Sally Satel, WSJ, "‘The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code’ Review: Robbing Fear of Its Power," 14 June 2020 There’s plenty that’s exciting, interesting, new, lamentable, and otherwise noteworthy about what’s going on in tech today. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "This moment needs better leadership," 1 June 2020 That lamentable inequity has been eliminated, but there is still another troubling aspect to this part of the bill, which Bernstein pointed out to me. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly in the Two-Trillion-Dollar Stimulus," 26 Mar. 2020 Some of the people who scoffed at Mayor Pete for attempting to jump from the South Bend mayor’s office to the White House might have had ugly attitudes about homosexuals, which is lamentable — but Buttigieg’s candidacy was nonetheless preposterous. The Editors, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren in Denial," 6 Mar. 2020 But as important as closing this lamentable chapter in Boeing’s history might be, Mr. Calhoun has another hot potato on the table that may be of even greater strategic importance: deciding whether to build a new midrange plane. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Key Decision Awaiting Boeing’s New CEO," 15 Jan. 2020 For the moment at least, Mr Trump’s sanctions policy is a bright spot in an otherwise lamentable foreign-policy record. The Economist, "Donald Trump has shown a surprising enthusiasm for sanctions," 28 Nov. 2019 His sense of duty yields an effortful and sanctimonious movie that, at the same time, takes its place in a lamentable recent trend. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Beauty of Sam Mendes’s “1917” Comes at a Cost," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lamentable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lamentable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lamentable

formal : deserving to be criticized or regretted


la·​men·​ta·​ble | \ lə-ˈmen-tə-bəl How to pronounce lamentable (audio) , ˈla-mən- \

Kids Definition of lamentable

: regrettable a lamentable accident

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