la·​men·​ta·​ble | \lə-ˈmen-tə-bəl also ˈla-mən- \

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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lamentableness noun
lamentably \lə-​ˈmen-​tə-​blē 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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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 There are awkward confession, lamentable struggles,hook-ups, blackouts, parties and a death. Christopher Arnott,, "A Highly Entertaining, Energetic 'In the Heights' At Playhouse On Park," 18 June 2018 His performance in the Champions League was positively lamentable., "Keep the Faith: Liverpool Need to Stand by Karius Despite His Champions League Final Horror Show," 27 May 2018 Christine Pfister, who has operated Pentimenti Gallery in the neighborhood for 25 years, says the departure of fine-arts galleries and arts organizations is lamentable, but part of a changing urban environment. Stephan Salisbury,, "Old City artists concerned about silence surrounding Painted Bride sales plan," 7 May 2018 But maybe the most lamentable casualty is the tell-off. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things My Father Taught Me," 17 June 2016

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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

: deserving to be criticized or regretted


la·​men·​ta·​ble | \lə-ˈmen-tə-bəl, ˈla-mən-\

Kids Definition of lamentable

: regrettable a lamentable accident

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