Definition of deplorable in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈplɔːrəb(ə)l/


1Deserving strong condemnation; completely unacceptable: children living in deplorable conditions
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  • Even if their claims are exaggerated, any loss of life is deplorable and unacceptable.
  • During the past two days, residents have been setting fires on the streets to highlight deplorable living conditions.
  • Older people in the locality cannot recollect the roads ever having been in a more deplorable condition.
disgraceful, shameful, dishonourable, disreputable, discreditable, unworthy, shabby, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgivable;
reprehensible, despicable, abominable, base, sordid, vile, hateful, contemptible, loathsome, offensive, execrable, heinous, odious, revolting, unspeakable, beyond contempt, beyond the pale
rare egregious, flagitious
1.1Shockingly bad in quality: her spelling was deplorable
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  • Should you be able to communicate in Thai (my wife is Thai) you will find the quality of advice deplorable.
  • Both sides made enough chances, but the finishing was deplorable, but strangely when the odd score came the quality was top drawer.
  • The quality of the image is a bit deplorable at times but it really doesn't matter, it's what the people say that does.
lamentable, regrettable, grievous, unfortunate, wretched, dire, atrocious, abysmal, very bad, awful, terrible, dreadful, diabolical;
miserable, pitiable, pathetic, sorry, unhappy, sad, woeful;
substandard, poor, inadequate, inferior, unsatisfactory, unacceptable
informal appalling, rotten, crummy, lousy, God-awful
British informal chronic
dated frightful



Pronunciation: /dɪˈplɔːrəbli/
Example sentences
  • It also held that serious negligence that fell deplorably short of the standard patients are entitled to expect from their doctors could constitute serious professional misconduct.
  • Writers working in languages other than English get deplorably little attention in Britain, so you can bet that the most underrated authors are ‘foreigners’ you've never read.
  • I know someone - a gifted artist - who chose to give up her analysis rather than tell her analyst that she found his taste in paintings deplorably vulgar.


Early 17th century: from French déplorable or late Latin deplorabilis, from the verb deplorare (see deplore).

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