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 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 Indeed, making them the enemy was actually a lamentable self-own. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "Moments Without Truth," 21 Oct. 2019 Six sacks and a lamentable interception later, the Redskins absorbed another loss, dropping their record under Gruden to 35-49-1. David Ginsburg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gruden doesn’t ‘have a concern’ about job status with Skins," 6 Oct. 2019 Another postseason failure, particularly a third consecutive World Series flop, could alter that direction toward the lamentable land of the Buffalo Bills. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Excitement of another Dodgers’ postseason tempered by fear of another failure," 2 Oct. 2019 What’s lamentable is that Payton—his insecurity, his ambition, his mercurialism—feels tailor-made for psychological storytelling. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Show Is Too Glib for Its Own Good," 27 Sep. 2019

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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 5 Apr. 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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