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[dih-plawr, -plohr] /dɪˈplɔr, -ˈploʊr/
verb (used with object), deplored, deploring.
to regret deeply or strongly; lament:
to deplore the present state of morality.
to disapprove of; censure.
to feel or express deep grief for or in regard to:
The class deplored the death of their teacher.
Origin of deplore
1550-60; < Latin dēplōrāre to weep bitterly, complain, equivalent to dē- de- + plōrāre to wail, probably of imitative orig.
Related forms
[dep-luh-rey-shuh n, dee-pluh-] /ˌdɛp ləˈreɪ ʃən, ˌdi plə-/ (Show IPA),
deplorer, noun
deploringly, adverb
undeplored, adjective
1. bemoan, bewail. 3. mourn. Unabridged
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  • But I also deplore such illegitimate neologisms.
  • Scientists deplore the inaccuracies that turn up in many sci-fi novels.
  • While still others deplore a lack of emphasis on basic science.
  • And that's why I abhor and deplore end-notes.
  • We can and do deplore the excess of militancy.
  • It's easy to reflexively deplore monopolistic business practices and illegal fundraising, but both are easier alleged than proven.
  • We may well deplore a gradualism that is merely a cloak for inaction.
  • We deplore the shift to blogs, snippets, and tweets.
  • Academia can deplore it, but that doesn't change anything.
  • One might as properly deplore the prodigality of life itself.
British Dictionary definitions for deplore


verb (transitive)
to express or feel sorrow about; lament; regret
to express or feel strong disapproval of; censure
Derived Forms
deplorer, noun
deploringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French deplorer, from Latin dēplōrāre to weep bitterly, from plōrāre to weep, lament
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Word Origin and History for deplore

1550s, "to give up as hopeless," from French déplorer (13c.), from Latin deplorare "deplore, bewail, lament, give up for lost," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + plorare "weep, cry out." Meaning "to regret deeply" is from 1560s. Related: Deplored; deploring.

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