lamentable

adjective

la·​men·​ta·​ble lə-ˈmen-tə-bəl How to pronounce lamentable (audio)
also
ˈla-mən- How to pronounce lamentable (audio)
1
: that is to be regretted or lamented : deplorable
the lamentable consequences of the war
2
: expressing grief : mournful
a faint and lamentable cryWalter de la Mare
lamentableness noun
lamentably 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 Colbert also played the wife of Bill Cosby’s character in the lamentable 1987 spy spoof Leonard Part 6 (1987) and showed up on episodes of Benson, The Fall Guy, Sisters and True Colors. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 This war, and all its lamentable loss, could end quickly if Hamas released the hostages, and stopped holding Gaza captive to its ideology of hatred and death. Washington Post, 21 June 2024 Lynne Fox, president of Workers United, the union representing the Starbucks employees, said the decision was lamentable. Santul Nerkar, New York Times, 13 June 2024 Shafik and other Columbia officials, backed by Mayor Adams and the Police Department, have defended the decision to bring in cops in riot gear as lamentable but necessary. Cayla Bamberger, New York Daily News, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for lamentable 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lamentable was in the 15th century

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“Lamentable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lamentable. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

lamentable

adjective
la·​men·​ta·​ble ˈlam-ən-tə-bəl How to pronounce lamentable (audio) lə-ˈment-ə- How to pronounce lamentable (audio)
1
: that is to be regretted or lamented
2
lamentableness noun
lamentably adverb

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