Definition of deplore in English:


Syllabification: de·plore
Pronunciation: /dəˈplôr


[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


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'.



More 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.

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