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See also: déploré, déplore, and deploré



From Middle French déplorer, from Old French deplorer, from Latin dēplōrāre (to lament over, bewail), from dē- +‎ plōrāre (to wail, weep aloud); origin uncertain.



deplore (third-person singular simple present deplores, present participle deploring, simple past and past participle deplored)

  1. (transitive) To bewail; to weep bitterly over; to feel sorrow for.
    I deplore my neighbour for having lost his job.
    I deplore not having listened to your advice.
  2. (transitive) To condemn; to express strong disapproval of.
    I deplore how you treated him at the party.
    The UNHCR deplores the recent events in Sudan.
    Many people deplore the actions of the corrupt government.
    • 1942 May-June, “Theft on the Railways”, in Railway Magazine, page 130:
      Sir Thomas Royden, Chairman of the L.M.S.R., and Mr. Robert Holland-Martin, Chairman of the Southern Railway, both deplored the wholesale robbery and petty pilferage which have increased until they have reached appalling dimensions.
  3. (obsolete) To regard as hopeless; to give up.
    • 1605, Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning:
      The physicians do make a kind of scruple and religion to stay with the patient after the disease is deplored; whereas, in my judgement, they ought both to inquire the skill, and to give the attendances, for the facilitating and assuaging of the pains and agonies of death.


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  1. inflection of deplorar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative