Definition of deplore in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈplɔː/


[with object]
Feel or express strong condemnation of (something): we deplore all 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, 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, damn
regret, 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



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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