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

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 For many Alaskans, the activity this week marks a lamentable end to decades of unsuccessful efforts to save and renovate the building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and once a symbol of a young city’s promise. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 Recommended by Our Editors Rion and her colleagues have run up a lamentable record of airing hoaxes about such topics as the safety of COVID vaccines, quack COVID cures, and election integrity. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 22 July 2022 To avoid such a lamentable fate, here are some easy-to-follow guidelines from the YMCA. cleveland, 18 July 2022 This situation is lamentable and worthy of understanding. James Freeman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 This is arguably the best single explanation for the pervasive poor choices of lamentable leaders, particularly in politics. Tomas Chamorro-premuzic, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The grueling 162-day schedule full of cherished rivalries, lamentable injuries and the triumphs of superstars and unlikely heroes alike takes place in something like the eternal now. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Arguments can be had about what led to this lamentable situation. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 The deaths of all those victims are truly lamentable. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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