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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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How does the verb deplore differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of deplore are bemoan, bewail, and lament. While all these words 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

How are the words bewail and bemoan related as synonyms of deplore?

Both 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

When is lament a more appropriate choice than deplore?

The synonyms lament and deplore are sometimes interchangeable, but lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow.

lamenting the loss of their only child

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The first known use of deplore was in 1559

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“Deplore.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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