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 lamentable (audio) also  ˈla-​mən-​ How to pronounce lamentable (audio) \ 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 After a career spent attempting to escape from the weight of the Lions' lamentable history, Detroit's franchise leader in almost every statistical passing category is headed to California to join McVay's consistent winner. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 31 Jan. 2021 The lack of ambition is lamentable but understandable. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2020 His perceptiveness in that case and others makes his concurring opinion in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo that much more lamentable. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 Dec. 2020 The Bengals own a history of lamentable decisions when their wallet is involved. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2020 Bringing on the past Bachelorette who famously made a lamentable choice would fit pretty well into the budding Clare-may-be-making-the-wrong-choice storyline. Ariana Brockington,, 27 Oct. 2020 Perhaps such lamentable figures were low-hanging fruit, but Randi plucked them with aplomb. Peter Tonguette, Washington Examiner, 29 Oct. 2020 Will this lamentable group turn things around in 2020? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 Oct. 2020 After Harris discussed this year’s deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in police custody, Pence called the events lamentable. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 8 Oct. 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 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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