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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.
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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  • The novelist's often-deplored weakness for the cute and trendy, although still evident, is here less troubling.
  • Spreading false rumours with the intention of manipulating share prices is to be deplored.
  • All the same, poor, deplored multiculturalism has been much less bad than its many detractors now claim.
  • Political and media elites as a whole-and the closeness of the two camps-are wearily deplored.
  • It could be that he simply stated that he deplored the bombing and then immediately stated that he deplored the caricature.
  • Devout parents and clergymen have frequently observed this phenomenon and deplored it.
  • Such a view tends to ignore people who deplored what was happening.
  • Electioneering is, if anything, to be deplored if it gets in the way of governing.
  • Jerry was angry at their persistence and openly deplored their bad manners.
  • It is, in sum, a story that cable programmers have deplored all the way to the bank.
British Dictionary definitions for deplored


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 deplored



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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