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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!
Origin of deplorable
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 deplorably
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  • Running at a low level, the waters of that stream were deplorably dirty.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • I was drunk, deplorably drunk, and I was bound for the Tivoli.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Knowing as this may sound, I have not yet set foot in the streets, and am deplorably ignorant.

    Letters of Two Brides Honore de Balzac
  • He was not only innocent, but deplorably—I might even say guiltily—innocent.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Unfortunately their fanaticism in other directions was of the deplorably iconoclastic sort.

    Oxford and its Story Cecil Headlam
  • How deplorably short-sighted are the wise ones of your world.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • We were (p. 111) deplorably short of heavy howitzers, and we were already feeling the lack of artillery ammunition of all sorts.

  • He was most deplorably drunk, and began to hold on by the table.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • A party of us had been drinking wine together, and three or four freshmen were most deplorably intoxicated.

  • We American women are so deplorably lacking in this kind of experience.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for deplorably


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 deplorably



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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