Feel or express strong condemnation of (something): we deplore all violence
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- 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, be shocked by, be offended by, be scandalized by, find unacceptable, be against, frown on; disapprove of, take a dim view of, look askance at, take exception to, detest, despise, execrate; condemn, denounce, decry, deprecate, censure, damnregret, express regret about, lament, mourn, rue, bemoan, bewail, complain about, grieve over, express sorrow about, sorrow over, sigh over, cry over, weep over, shed tears over, beat one's breast about, wring one's hands over
archaic plain 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'.
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- 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.