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deplore

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1 to feel or express sorrow for
  • a statement from the bishops deploring the loss of life in the war overseas

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2 to feel sorry or dissatisfied about
  • deplored the fact that his guests were seeing his apartment at its messiest

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deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan mean to express grief or sorrow for something. deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value. deplores the breakdown in family values lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow. lamenting the loss of their only child bewail and bemoan imply sorrow, disappointment, or protest finding outlet in words or cries, bewail commonly suggesting loudness, and bemoan lugubriousness. fans bewailed the defeat purists bemoaning the corruption of the language

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The first known use of deplore was in 1559

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“Deplore.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/deplore. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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