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[dih-plawr-uh-buh l, -plohr-] /dɪˈplɔr ə bəl, -ˈploʊr-/
causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable:
the deplorable death of a friend.
causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad:
This room is in deplorable order. You have deplorable manners!
1605-15; < French déplorable < Middle French, equivalent to deplor(er) (see deplore) + -able -able
Related forms
deplorableness, deplorability, noun
deplorably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deplorable
  • Compared with such a tyranny, every other seemed less deplorable.
  • New plants had been added from time to time but the upkeep was deplorable.
  • It was in deplorable condition.
  • McAdam found the condition of local roads deplorable if not impassable.
  • Few writers can talk about the perks of their success without sounding either defensive or deplorable.
  • This may have been deplorable but it was understandable.
  • That is deplorable in my view.
  • This is a deplorable state of affairs which shows lack of true understanding and leadership.
  • Depending on one's point of view, the development of the atomic bomb is commendable or deplorable.
  • The situation is deplorable, someone has to stop this man.
British Dictionary definitions for deplorable


lamentable: a deplorable lack of taste
worthy of censure or reproach; very bad: deplorable behaviour
Derived Forms
deplorableness, deplorability, noun
deplorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for deplorable

1610s; see deplore + -able. Perhaps from French déplorable or directly from Late Latin deplorabilis. Johnson (mid-18c.) noted the weakened colloquial use of the word for "very bad." Related: Deplorably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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