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

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In San Francisco, there has been a notable and lamentable lack of opportunity for the higher education of women, the Rt. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Atop Lone Mountain, the history of SF’s first women’s college lives on," 19 June 2019 Not all of these ideas were palatable — the conference’s foray into ice hockey has been lamentable — but most have been wildly successful. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: Under Jim Delany, Big Ten grew into a beast," 5 June 2019 Yet even those lamentable losses proved far less costly than any large global war. Jeffrey A. Engel, Twin Cities, "Jeffrey Engel: The lesson of D-Day for Americans today," 6 June 2019 All those involved share responsibility for the fiasco and its lamentable consequences for millions of Americans. Robert M. Gates, WSJ, "To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration," 18 Jan. 2019 That seems a little hasty, given workers’ lamentable fortunes in recent decades. The Economist, "The rich world needs higher real wage growth," 30 June 2018 The Lakers are steaming toward a new future, with little tying them to the lamentable recent past. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show," 3 July 2018 None of this is to deny that Trump has departed from his party’s conventional politics and policies in some significant (and lamentable) ways. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Not Transformed the Republican Party – Yet," 14 June 2018 But many South Koreans have a sense that what is being put on trial is not so much two politicians but an entire system of politics, of which Ms Park and Mr Lee are merely lamentable examples. The Economist, "Cases against two ex-presidents of South Korea fits an alarming pattern," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lamentable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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