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deplore Syllabification: de·plore
Pronunciation: /dəˈplôr/

Definition of deplore in English:


[with object]
Feel or express strong disapproval of (something): we deplore this act of violence
More example sentences
  • He acknowledges a common humanity, denouncing modern race slavery in the strongest terms and deploring the disappearance of Indian civilizations into a historical void in which their cultural meanings would be forever lost.
  • The official condemnations of the bombing, therefore, focus not on deploring the act but on lamenting the consequences.
  • He said: " The council deplores all acts of violence ".
abhor, find unacceptable, frown on, disapprove of, take a dim view of, take exception to;
detest, despise;
condemn, denounce
regret, lament, mourn, rue, bemoan, bewail, complain about, grieve over, sigh over


Example sentences
  • James looked at me deploringly and not in the least guilty looking at all.
  • Colleen groaned and rolled onto her side, looking deploringly at her mother.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'weep for, regret deeply'): from French déplorer or Italian deplorare, from Latin deplorare, from de- 'away, thoroughly' + plorare 'bewail'.

  • To deplore something was originally to weep over it, then regret deeply. The sense weakened over time until in the mid 19th century it was merely to disapprove strongly. The word comes from Latin deplorare, from de- ‘away, thoroughly’ and plorare ‘bewail’.

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