deplorable

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English[edit]

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Borrowing from French déplorable, from Late Latin dēplōrābilis.

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deplorable (comparative more deplorable, superlative most deplorable)

  1. Deserving strong condemnation; shockingly bad.
  2. ​To be felt sorrow for; worthy of compassion.
    He is a deplorable boy, frequently being beaten by his parents.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, “Prologue”, in The Ivory Gate:
      Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability: [] it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin dēplōrābilis, equivalent to deplorar +‎ -able.

Adjective[edit]

deplorable m, f (plural deplorables)

  1. deplorable